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Michael Dunlap participating in the Chattajack paddle race on a stand-up paddle board
Michael Dunlap

Michael Dunlap and Rick Rhodes holding up a banner with the URI rams logo
Michael Dunlap (left) and Rick Rhodes (right) at the 2019 Chattajack race.

“In October 2018, I was able to meet up and race with one of my URI professors, Richard C. Rhodes III, at Chattajack 2018 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chattajack is a 31-mile paddle race down the Tennessee River. Rick was in a tandem canoe, and I was on a stand-up paddle-board (SUP). 2018 was a monumental year for Rick as this was his fifth Chattajack, which is commemorated with a custom silver belt buckle. Rick has finished on the prone board and canoe in past years. This was my first Chattajack (and first race ever) on an SUP. I was amped up for the race already, but when I got to see my favorite professor, the bar was raised that much higher. We actually passed them on the way down to Tennessee, which was amazing in itself. We both finished the race and celebrated our accomplishment and our friendship into the night. We’re both signed up to do it again this year. Go Rhody!!!!”

Dunlap (left) and Rhodes