Floatzilla has a new challenger. On Saturday, June 5th, Pittsburgh hosted Paddle at the Point, an event organized around an attempt at the Guinness World Record for the "largest raft of canoes and kayaks." The event was reported as a success with an unofficial count of 1,800 canoes and kayaks, thus significantly raising the bar over the previous record of 1,104 achieved by One Square Mile of Hope in Inlet, New York. This new record, however, falls short of Floatzilla's ambitious attempt to rally 2,010 canoes and kayaks on August 21st, 2010. Floatzilla offers the Quad Cities a unique opportunity to trump Pittsburgh's impressive accomplishment less than three months after Paddle at the Point and to demonstrate the resources and vitality of a thriving Midwestern community.

The Quad Cities is a premier place to live, work, and play, and is home to a wealth of paddling opportunities on the Mississippi River and its many smaller tributaries that rival some of the best anywhere. Floatzilla isn't just a record attempt put a celebration of our community and its waterways and River Action welcomes paddlesports enthusiasts near and far to join us on August 21st as ambassadors of the sport and to share the experience of this epic event. Floatzilla is an unparalleled opportunity to encourage family, friends, co-workers, and any other interested party to give paddlesports a try and take to the water with thousands of other participants.

Grab your paddle and register today at www.floatzilla.org. The registration fee is $10/paddler, which includes one Floatzilla t-shirt, commemorative boat sticker, registration wrist band, one ticket to "River Roots Live", free parking, and free shuttle to off-site parking for "floats." Premium registration is available for $20 and includes the basic registration package plus coupons for local hotels, restaurants, and retailers.

Floatzilla is coordinated by River Action, Inc. For additional information please call 563-322-2969 or email riveraction@riveraction.org.

Enjoy a 44-mile ride along the Mississippi scenic river valley with the Muscatine Melon City Bicycle Club and the Quad-City Bicycle Club!!!! Help us make the MRT (Mississippi River Trail) the place to be! This ride begins and ends in Muscatine.

A special 44-mile Muscatine-Buffalo-Muscatine ride will be held on the same day as Ride the River, Father's Day, June 20th, 2010. This MRT event will help to highlight the need to complete the Iowa MRT section of the trail from Muscatine to Buffalo. Riding on Highway 22 dictates that our participants be avid cyclists, at least 18 years of age, and capable of riding 13 mph and up. The $10 fee includes a t-shirt and a midpoint pancake breakfast in Buffalo. There will be a SAG stop in Wildcat Den on the return leg. The group will depart from the downtown Muscatine riverfront bike path at 7 a.m. on June 20th. Register for the MRT Ride at the River Action website: www.riveraction.org.

You can learn more about the Mississippi River Trail up and down the Mississippi by going to www.mississippirivertrail.org.

Thanks for helping River Action promote the expansion of our wonderful Mississippi River Trail system.

For additional information about the Muscatine-Buffalo-Muscatine ride, contact Dean Mathias at 309-737-8429, Harper's Cycling and Fitness at 563-263-4043, or River Action at 563-322-2969.

Imaginations will soar at the Midwest Kites Fun Fly at the Quarter during River the River, June 20, 2010. Stop by to watch or participate in dual line and quad line kite flying lessons. Celebrate Ride the River's 26th year by joining us on Father's Day, June 20. New this year?a six mile Arsenal Island loop. Cross the river on the Celebration Belle Riverboat or the historic Arsenal Island Bridge. Bring all the kids because Kids Ride Free with a paying adult, sponsored by Trinity Regional Health Systems. Please note: Arsenal Island trails are open for just registered riders of this event. The Ride begins at the Freighthouse, Western and River Drive, Davenport.

Come join the fun with the whole family this Father's Day and carry on this 26 year tradition! Ride 16 miles or 60 miles; you can loop back at several places on the route. You'd be surprised how much you get out of Ride the River! Building memories, enjoying nature, learning Mississippi River history, getting hooked on biking and connecting with the family. With cool drinks, delicious food, a Kids Olympics, Nahant Marsh, Quad Cities Botantical Center and Putnam Museum activities, Ride the River is a great family activity. Register on-line at www.riveraction.org. Adult riders are $12 until June 18th and $15 after June 18th. For more information contact Linda at 563-322-RIDE, or 563-322-7433.

Prepare for Floatzilla - Find it! Loan it! Register it!

If you haven't already heard, something big is coming to the Quad Cities, and it's called FLOATZILLA! Now is the time to prepare for Floatzilla and help put the Quad Cities on the map by breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest canoe and kayak raft!

Do you need a boat? Or maybe have one or more kayaks and/or canoes in storage?  In order to break the record, we need every kayak and canoe (only hard shells, no inflatables) in the Quad Cities - so take inventory and do one of the following as soon as you can:

· Find it -Want to find yourself a boat? Or get rid of the one you have? Or swap it for another model? Then bring yourself and your boat to the River Action Canoe/Kayak/Bike Swap on Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 9am - noon at the Credit Island Lodge, Davenport, located at the end of Credit Island Road. The swap will allow people to sell, purchase or swap canoes and kayaks (and bicycles). If you plan to bring a boat for sale or swap let us know by calling the River Action office at 563-322-2969. Just showing up is okay too!

· Loan it - You have a boat, but are unable to participate? Why not loan it to someone you know who would like to participate, but doesn't have a boat? Don't know anyone like that? Loan it to River Action and they will pair available boats with able bodied record breakers! Call them at 563-322-2969 or e-mail riveraction@riveraction.org

· Register it - If you have a boat and plan to participate in Floatzilla, please register now at www.floatzilla.org or call the River Action office at 563-322-2969.

Floatzilla is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest canoe and kayak raft scheduled for August 21, 2010 at Sunset Park in Rock Island, Illinois. Floatzilla expects to draw over one-thousand paddlers to the Quad Cities. 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. The current record of 1,104 boats was set on Fourth Lake, Inlet, New York on September 13, 2008.

River Action Inc., a non-profit group dedicated to fostering the environmental, economic and cultural vitality of the Mississippi and its riverfront in the Quad Cities. Please contact Jeff or Mik at 563-322-2969 with any media inquiries. Additional information can be found at www.riveraction.org or www.floatzilla.org.

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