God's Country Dash and Splash

Event Date

Sat, Jun 14, 2014


Benton, TN

About This Activity

Run 5 miles through one of the most beautiful places in the world, then jump in the Hiwassee River and float to the finish! This event will be a blast for everyone from experienced runners and paddlers to hobbyists to those just looking for some adventure on a summer day. US Coast Guard approved life vests are required on the Hiwassee River at all times. Swimmers/paddlers/floaters who do not own their own flotation devices will be able to rent them from Webb Brothers at the location of the put in. You may choose to bring your own boats or floats, make your own raft, or rent rafts, kayaks, or tubes from Webb Brothers. There will be individual age group awards for runners (land race only) and team awards for the 1st 3 teams to the finish (taking boats out of the water and getting to finish line) in each of these 6 categories: rafts (all 5 team members in one boat) fun yaks (2 in 1 boat 3 in another) canoes (we don't care how many you put in a boat as long as you all 5 finish) kayaks homemade rafts (all 5 members on same raft), and swimmers/tubers/floaters/etc (no paddles for this category) 3 additional awards for Team with the Best Costumes (keep it clean) Best Boat (homemade raft category) Most Entertaining Team Families are welcome (and encouraged) to come out and cheer on their runners and enjoy what Gee Creek Campground, the State Park, and National Forest have to offer. All proceeds from this event will be used to send kids to camp. 

Event schedule and times

Arrive no later than 2:00pm.  Event will begin promptly at 3:00pm.

Course: 5 mile road/trail run followed by a river float that will take approximately 2 hours depending on the paddler/swimmer/floater.

When you enter the State Park, be mindful of signage and persons available to help you park.

Print and bring the waiver as well as ID or a parent if under age 18.

Shoes may get wet during the run, plan accordingly.  Participants will need to have boats, floats, life vests ready and waiting at Webb Brothers Float service when they finish the running portion.  You may contact Webb Brothers Float Service and arrange to rent from them at (423) 338-2373 OR (877) WEB-RAFT or you may drop off your own rafts (with a person to keep an eye on them) prior to your arrival at webbs (after you complete the 5 mile run) at 3708 Highway 30 Reliance, TN 37369.  You may visit the Webb Brothers website at www.webbbros.com

Please email questions to jtallent97@yahoo.com

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