Tennessee Valley Canoe Club donation helps wounded vets

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Posted 12/8/17

The Tennessee Valley Canoe Club, the premier recreational paddling club in the region, presented a check for $5,042 to Team River Runner …

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Tennessee Valley Canoe Club donation helps wounded vets


The Tennessee Valley Canoe Club, the premier recreational paddling club in the region, presented a check for $5,042 to Team River Runner Chattanooga Saturday evening,  at  the TVCC annual Holiday Party.  The money will be used by TRR to help wounded veterans. 

The check was presented by TVCC President Heather Curry, to Julie Wright-Carlson, TRR Chattanooga Whitewater Chapter coordinator. Wright-Carlson  is also a TVCC member and Ocoee River Race co-director. 

Attendees for the presentation included: Joe Mornini, executive director of Team River Runner USA; Elaine Adams, TRR Chattanooga Chapter coordinator;  Michelle Brickey, TRR Chattanooga Chapter associate; and Program Manager Jen Maxwell, TVCC Ocoee River Race director.

TVCC helped raise these funds via its ninth annual Ocoee River Race, held on Oct. 14.  This year there were 138 racers, many from out of the area, who met at the Middle Ocoee put-in at 7 a.m.

The race this year saw several records fall, including the fastest time down the 5-mile run from Dam No. 2 to the Powerhouse: 30:05 minutes; the most overall start times: 163; and the most race divisions ever: 19.  

More than 100 TVCC Volunteers organized the race and after party, provided on-water safety and solicited local sponsors who were key in raising the money. 

Key Sponsors include: TVCC, World Kayak, Rock/Creek, Jackson Kayaks, Pyranha Kayaks, NRS, Werner Paddles, Chattanooga Whiskey, ACE Kayaking, Good People Brewing Company, Bus Bar at Adventures Unlimited, Bellyak Kayaks, Ironman Foundation, Shockerz, Shred Ready Helmets, Mohawk Canoes, OAR, Nevrest Coffee, Whitewater Slimes, and Team Popp.

All proceeds go to TRR Chattanooga.

For 50 years, the Tennessee Valley Canoe Club has brought together paddlers for recreational canoeing, kayaking, camping and other outdoor activities; helping members learn about and experience safe paddling on the many creeks, rivers and lakes in the Southeast and beyond.  TVCC also supports conservation and preservation of recreational waterways as well as various community programs such as TRR, Ironman and other triathlons, Scouting, and Rescue Organizations.

TRR USA was founded in 2004 by Mornini and Mike McCormick with a mission and motto of "Helping Our Wounded Veterans on the River to Recovery."  


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