Outdoor Weekend Events July 15th – 17th

With so many cool events happening in and around the Chattahoochee Valley I chose two to highlight for this weekend.
The first is West Point Lake’s dragon boat race the first ever event – that will start Saturday at 9am and last throughout the rest of the afternoon.
 
Michele Bedingfield is the director of Harmony House – a domestic violence shelter in LaGrange. She says all proceeds from the event go toward the shelter.
“Dragon boat racing is the 8th fastest growing sport in the United States. They do it all over the world. They’re 46-foot-long Hong Konk style paddle boats. You put 20 paddlers  and a drummer in it and you race a quarter of a mile,” says Bedingfield.
There will be 20 boats at the free, family-friendly event. Teams pay $1,000 per boat (which all benefits Harmony House) and sponsors contributed toward the cost of boat rental and delivery. To see a full list of sponsors click here.
 
This weekend’s second highlighted event is the Chattahoochee Challenge Sprint Triathlon that starts on the steps under Woodruff Park in Uptown Columbus on Saturday at 7:00 a.m edt.
 
“We’ve got a 500 meter swim down river so you can float if you want – we have a floatie division if you don’t want to put your face in the water. Then it’s a 12-mile bike which is really flat, highly secured by our awesome police department then a 5K run through historic Columbus,” says Joanne Cogle – Race Director and Founder of TriColumbusGA.
 
Cogle founded TriColumbusGA after moving to Columbus from Hawaii in 2009. This is the 5th year of the Chattahoochee Challenge Sprint Triathlon.
“So really the whole thing behind this event is it’s fun and to get people off the couch and anybody can do it. If you can float down the river, if you can ride a  bike, if you can put one foot in front of the other, then you can do this race,” says Cogle.
 
And if that’s not enough excitement, the Kids f+Fun Run is Friday night at 7:00 p.m. edt in Uptown. Kids can run a quarter, half or full mile on the Riverwalk!
 
Or if you want to meet and greet some shelter dogs or check out a K9 demonstration, the LaGrange Troup
County Humane Society Open House is Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. edt.

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