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Quad Cities attempts record breaking "Floatzilla"

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Quad Cities is attempting to break the Guinness world record of the largest kayak and canoe raft on Saturday, August 21, 2010.   

To break the record, Floatzilla participants will have to link hands, paddles, or hold on to adjacent boats to create and maintain a single interconnected raft for 30 seconds.  Lake Potter, at Sunset Marina in Rock Island, Illinois, was chosen for its usually calm waters and lack of current.  The current record of 1,104 boats was set on Fourth Lake in Inlet, New York, on September 13, 2008.

This attempt is being organized by River Action Inc., the non-profit group dedicated to fostering the environmental, economic and cultural vitality of the Mississippi and its riverfront in the Quad Cities.

The registration fee is $10 per paddler or $20 for a premium package that includes discounts on hotel rooms, restaurants, and more.  Registration includes one Floatzilla t-shirt per paddler, commemorative boat sticker, registration wrist bands, free music and rib fest at 'River Roots Live', free parking, and free shuttle to off-site parking for 'floats.'  Additional information and registration can be found at www.floatzilla.org.

Organizers of Floatzilla want the Quad-Cities — where a concerted effort is under way to promote water action sports — to sink the New York record in style.  So far people from at least 15 states have signed up for the Floatzilla.

In addition to the world-record attempt, the Quad Cities River Way Celebration will include group trips on the new Quad-Cities water trails, beginner-friendly paddling lessons and programs, and paddle sport competitions.

For more information about the Quad Cities, contact the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 or visit their website at www.visitquadcities.com.   

The Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is made up of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois.  The area is just a 2-½ hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois.  It is easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways.

Media Contact: Kathy Wine, River Action, 563-322-2969 or kwine@riveraction.org