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2019 Tour de Coal accepting early registration

Coal Valley News

Participants enjoy the 2018 Tour de Coal.
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St. ALBANS, W.Va. —  One of the nation’s largest kayak river float events is ready to celebrate its 15th anniversary on June 15.

“Planning is well under way to make this classic river event again one of the biggest and best in the U.S.,” said Bill Currey, co-founder of the event and the Coal River Group. “The 15-year celebration of the clean Coal Rivers offers a reason to celebrate and promote the long-term work of the Coal River Group, a local volunteer non-profit organization. The proof of our success is the number of paddlers who have participated annually for 15 years. We estimate that the Tour De Coal has introduced well in excess of 10,000 paddlers to the river.”

Coal River Group has worked to clean up and improve the Coal River System. The payoff and success are exhibited by the 1,600 paddlers who joined together last year to celebrate the beauty and grandeur of the clean Coal River between Tornado, West Virginia, and St. Albans, West Virginia.

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