What claims to be the largest "participator" sports event in the world took place last week (May 20/21) on a lazy stretch of the Chattahootchee River, near Atlanta, Georgia.
GV Dinghies, rafts and boats on river (2 shots)
SV Two dinghies pushed out from shore
SV Girls carrying dinghy
SV People jump aboard dinghy
GV Dinghies float under bridge
SV People in dinghies
GV Capsized dinghies--people clinging to sides
SV Raft under bridge, people waving
SV Dinghy--PULL OUT TO GV Boats on river.
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Background: What claims to be the largest "participator" sports event in the world took place last week (May 20/21) on a lazy stretch of the Chattahootchee River, near Atlanta, Georgia.
The event, a raft race, attracted an estimated twenty-thousand people in about five-thousand rafts.
Officially a race--with trophies for the winners--the event this year inspired more of a carefree, holiday spirit than competitive effort.
The race has become an annual event since it first took place three years ago, with fifty rafts, following a challenge between a College fraternity and a local radio station.
Sponsors now hope the race will help people see the river's potential as a recreation area, and encourage them to join in the fight to stop commercial development spoiling the scenic quality of the area.