Have you ever tried to set a world record? Here's your chance.

You can be part of a kayak event that involves hundreds (thousands?) of kayaks and canoes gathering in one place to break a world record.

The 12th annual Floatzilla is set for August 21.

Let's back up a minute though. In case you don't know what really happens at this event, let's break it  down.

This Saturday, Aug. 21, paddlers will launch from five sites across the Quad Cities to take over the river for the day. River Action works with the US Coast Guard to close the river and have a team of safety boats on the water to make sure everyone makes it to Lake Potter in Rock Island, IL, safely.

At Lake Potter there are a selection of local food trucks and live music for participants to enjoy. At 2:30 everyone gathers at the center of the lake for a HUGE group photo. After the picture event organizers provide shuttles back to the launch sites. From the research I've done it looks like the world record includes 3000 participants. Our Quad City area Floatzilla has had 2000 participants in the past. It's definitely an attainable goal.

Come out for a great time and help set a world record either by volunteering or by participating.

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Maybe you don't have a kayak or canoe? Check out this list of outfitters that serve Floatzilla.  These outfitters will meet up with you at a launch point with the boat, then wait at Sunset Park to pick it up after you finish paddling. Confirm your launch site and time with your outfitter as soon as possible. If changes need to be made they are easier to get done early. Find the list of outfitters HERE.

Here's some video about Floatzilla from the paddler's perspective.

Need more convincing? Take a look at this video.
For more information, call River Action at 563-322-2969. It's always a good time.

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