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Cheers to Clean Water: Tennessee River Paddle-Off

  • Sutree Landing Park 901 Langford Avenue Knoxville, TN, 37920 United States (map)

Join the Water Quality Forum for the 3rd Annual Cheers to Clean Water Celebration on June 9th, 2019! This year, we are headed to the south waterfront to celebrate the amazing resource we have in our backyards, the Tennessee River! This is a unique event with support from Knox County Stormwater Management, University of Tennessee Stormwater Dept, and the City of Knoxville - Government Solid Waste Dept.

Participants are encouraged to bring a kayak, canoe, or paddle board and take part in a competitive race, or just float and enjoy the river. Following the float is a celebration in the name of clean water at Suttree Landing Park, with craft libations from Alliance Brewing Co, Printshop Beer Co. & Hi-Wire Brewing, live music from Check Engine, raffle prizes, and educational activities for adults and kids alike. Boats are available for rent, but supplies are VERY limited! Make sure to choose desired boat upon registration. There are duckies from Wildwater Ltd and canoes from River Johns Outfitters.

With full registration, participants will receive entry to the event, one dry bag (13.75"), one 16oz steel cup, and 2 drink tickets. Race/float only & Kids 12 & under registrants receive entry to the event and one dry bag. Celebration only registrants receive entry to the event, one 16oz steel cup, and 2 drink tickets.

All proceeds from this event benefit the Water Quality Forum, a nonprofit coalition of diverse partners working together to keep our waters in East Tennessee clean. A portion of the proceeds go directly to WaterFest, the Water Quality Forum’s largest annual education event. The event serves 800 students in kindergarten through third grade, introducing them to water science concepts and engaging them in fun, hands-on activities that teach them about their local water resources and how to protect them.

The City of Knoxville - Government Solid Waste Department is also facilitating a river cleanup by boat! This will take place DURING the race. To signup, choose "yes" when prompted during registration.

Earlier Event: May 24
Burlington Pocket Park
Later Event: June 29
Singing for the Climate Concert