Floatzilla Participants Hope to Break World Record
Hundreds of canoeists and kayakers spent the day on the water at the 5th annual Floatzilla promoting recreational water trails and safe paddling on Saturday, possibly setting a record at the same time.
Boaters of all experience levels paddled along the Mississippi river, launching from five sites and meeting at Lake Potter in Rock Island, trying to break the world record for the largest connected raft of canoes and kayaks. Officials will reveal the results in a few weeks.
Event organizers say they hope to beat last year's count of 1,350.
"It looks like more people than last year," River Action's Michael Goodyear said. "I was in a little different perspective trying to get those few stragglers down at the end but hopefully, we'll see."
All proceeds from Floatzilla go to River Action's work on water quality and river enhancements.
To date, River Action has contributed seven million dollars to projects and programs in the Quad Cities, including trail expansions and putting lights onto the Centennial Bridge.