About 2,200 float down Ohio River for Paddlefest

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Posted: Jun 25, 2011 10:31 PM
About 2,200 float down Ohio River for Paddlefest

Organizers say an estimated 2,200 people took to the Ohio River in Cincinnati to help the event known as Paddlefest remain the country's largest on-water paddling event.

More than a thousand canoes and kayaks traveled the 8.2 miles from Coney Island Park to the city's Public Landing on a sunny morning Saturday. It was the largest group of participants in the 10-year history of the event, which has grown from a one-day activity to three days of festivities.

Organizers say the participants this weekend included U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, who is from Cincinnati and has participated in all but one Paddlefest.

The U.S. Coast Guard closed the river to powerboats and commercial boat traffic in the area for several hours to protect the paddlers.