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2018 AuSable River Canoe Marathon – July 28 – 29, 2018

The 71st annual running of One of the Greatest Canoe Races on Earth – The AuSable River Canoe Marathon – is upcoming July 28-29, 2018.

Known by its legions of die-hard fans simply as “The Marathon”, this event is one of the original ultra-endurance events in North America. The Marathon is also the middle leg of the Triple Crown of Canoe Racing. New York’s General Clinton Canoe Regatta, staged Memorial Day, and Quebec’s Classique internationale de canots de la Mauricie, staged over the U.S. Labor Day weekend complete the Triple Crown circuit.

More than 50,000 frenzied fans will cheer & urge on on the tough competitors in The Marathon at various points along the course. First, when the starter’s gun sounds at 9 p.m. Saturday night in Grayling, the teams dash with their canoes through the downtown streets in a thrilling LeMans-style running sprint to the river.

The start of the AuSable River Canoe Marathon has often been referred to as the most intense, exciting several-minute happening in all of competitive sports.

The two-person teams race 120 miles non-stop for 14 to 19 hours & over 50,000 paddle strokes on the AuSable River from Grayling, Michigan to Oscoda, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Huron.

They will battle darkness, weather conditions, river obstructions, illness & sheer exhaustion while charging down the river at a torrid pace of 50 to 80 paddle strokes per minute.

Thousands of fans travel to viewing locations at public access points, bridges & the six Consumers Energy hydroelectric dams that the teams must portage during the race.

Many riverfront homeowners host Marathon Parties for friends & family. The most die-hard fans follow ALL of the race – 120 miles & 14 to 19 hours to the finish line.

The AuSable River Canoe Marathon is organized by a non-profit organization, AuSable River International Canoe Marathon, Inc. (ARICM) which is made up entirely of volunteers who are fans of this great race.


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AuSable River Canoe Marathon On Facebook

Below are the latest postings from the AuSable River Canoe Marathon Page On Facebook.


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The AuSable River International Canoe Marathon Committee would like to thank Jay Jacobs of Consumers Energy for his efforts, working together with both organizations to provide wider exposure to the AuSable River Valley and a stable future for the AuSable River Canoe Marathon. His lead role along with, Carolyn Bloodworth, Rich Castle, and several others from Consumers Energy, were the backbone for this growth. They helped in spreading the good word around the company on how awesome the AuSable River Canoe Marathon is, and how important of a roll Consumers Energy plays in the event. Most importantly we would like to thank Consumers Energy for helping maintain one of Michigan’s most precious natural resources, the AuSable River.
This week Jay is retiring from Consumers Energy after 42 years of service, retiring as Community Affairs Manager for Northeast Michigan. We are excited with what Jay, and the rest of the team from Consumers Energy were able to hand us as Jay retires. We are proud to announce Consumers Energy as our Primary Sponsor at $40,000 for the next three years, for a total commitment of $120,000.

Jay has been instrumental in providing support for the Consumers Energy, Dash for Cash in Oscoda, and the Consumers Energy Rabaska Marathon Race that is staged in the town of Mio. Both events helped structure, the movement of paddlers along the AuSable River Valley, and provide a way for more businesses throughout the AuSable River Valley to get involved. The Dash for Cash has been a very successful opportunity for racers to have a chance to measure themselves up against the best, while winning some cash. The Rabaska Race has been a great link to the paddlers in Quebec, and overseas, in addition to the benefits, that the Mio area businesses receive.
Like all of us that volunteer for the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, and all the fans from the start in Graying to the finish in Oscoda, Jay is one of us! A true blue fan of the race with 100% respect for the athletes and what they endure to provide us with a great show!
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We interviewed Nicole Rice Owens on her recent trip to Australia to do the Massive Murray Paddle / Murray Marathon. Nicole is a local paddler from Frederic MI and a fan favorite of many along the AuSable River Valley. ... See MoreSee Less


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Great interview. If anyone wishes to do our event the registration opens March 1 via We can guarantee you will have a wonderful adventure.

Great Interview!!

Matt Lane


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The canoe race opener is coming fast!83 days until Klondike. ... See MoreSee Less

The canoe race opener is coming fast!

2 weeks ago

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It’s that time of year, a lot of canoe race training begins in January, right after the holidays. Be safe everyone!!Sunday Funday on the Ausable River.
5 C2’s 3 C1’s.
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It’s that time of year, a lot of canoe race training begins in January, right after the holidays. Be safe everyone!!


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I Don't See Josh Sheldon Or Ryan Halstead.....

Please be safe ❤💪

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