For safety reasons, boaters are also asked to bring lifejackets and an adult must accompany any children participating. Members of the Tornado Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand, as well as a registered nurse. The Kanawha Sheriff's Department will have boats stationed along the route and CRG volunteers will be closely monitoring the trek's progress.
Prior to the down-river trip itself, Friday will feature a "Pre-registration Bash" at the park's River Center. Participants who attend the pre-party will have the opportunity to register early, enjoy live music and food, take paddling lessons and take advantage of the 90-acre park's hiking trails and fishing lake.
"The idea is to get people out early so they don't have to wait," Curry said. "It will also give people who've never paddled before the opportunity to get out on the lake and learn from experienced boaters."
Saturday's 9 a.m. trip will begin in Tornado at the river's Upper Falls, but participants are encouraged to park their cars at the Gateway Shopping Center in St. Albans where they will be bused back. To conclude the affair on Sunday, there will be a free "Klassy Kruzers," antique boat and car show.
The event is open to boaters of all ages, levels of interest and experience.
"It's a big party," Curry said. "It's not a race, this is a community river float where families to get on the river and take a lazy four-hour trip downstream."
Those interested can download a registration form at www.coalrivergroup.com/pages/Tour-de-Coal.cfm.
Contact writer Charles Young at charles.yo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.
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