6th Annual Flint River Flotilla goes “Virtual”

Encourages healthy outdoor recreation during pandemic

FLINT — The Flint River Flotilla returns in a modified format for its 6th year Aug. 1-16. The Corridor Alliance Chapter of the Flint River Watershed Coalition, in cooperation with Tenacity Brewing, is hosting a “virtual” float this year to ensure safety for participants and to prevent the spread of COVID- 19.

The 2020 Flint River Flotilla celebrates “The Virtual Adventure” with an 80s virtual character theme.

Participants can paddle anywhere in the Flint River watershed during the participation window and are encouraged to channel their favorite virtual characters for costume and boat decoration ideas. Participants who submit photos or videos of their float are entered to win exciting prizes.

Awards also will go to those who are voted to have the best costume or boat decoration.

“The Flint River Flotilla has amazing die-hard fans. We knew we wanted to offer something for them during this year of cancellations,” said Sarah Scheitler, Corridor Alliance Manager. “Kayaking and outdoor recreation is healthy and encouraged during this pandemic, but large groups are risky, so we’ve modified the Flotilla experience to offer the best of both worlds through an on-your-own themed interactive float.”

Registration is $10 and includes access to the Tenacity Brewing kayak launch, as well as the coveted 2020 Flotilla sticker. The Flint River Flotilla is a fundraiser for the Corridor Alliance and its projects around the river system in the city of Flint. Life jackets are required for all participants. A 2020 Flint River Flotilla t-shirt is available to order.

Anyone interested in participating can find more information at www.frcalliance.org or by emailing Sarah Scheitler, Corridor Alliance Manager, at sscheitler@flintriver.org.

The Corridor Alliance was founded in 2007 to initiate, support, and sustain projects in Flint’s river corridor that revitalize the river as a community asset. The Corridor Alliance became a chapter of the Flint River Watershed Coalition in 2018. — G.G.