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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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The ARCM Scholarship Committee is proud to announce that Lauren Langley is the winner of the Oscoda Scholarship. Lauren will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall where she plans to study Pre-Med and will also be a member of their rowing team. Many of Lauren's family members have been Marathon volunteers and several of them have paddled in years past. Congratulations Lauren and good luck at U of M!!

For more information on the ARCM Scholarship, click on the following link: www.ausablecanoemarathon.org/marathon/scholarship-fund/

Photo provided by Lauren Langley.

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The ARCM Scholarship Committee is proud to announce that Lauren Langley is the winner of the Oscoda Scholarship.  Lauren will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall where she plans to study Pre-Med and will also be a member of their rowing team.  Many of Laurens family members have been Marathon volunteers and several of them have paddled in years past.  Congratulations Lauren and good luck at U of M!!

For more information on the ARCM Scholarship, click on the following link:  https://www.ausablecanoemarathon.org/marathon/scholarship-fund/

Photo provided by Lauren Langley.

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Congratulations Lauren

Congratulations Lauren

Congratulations! ๐ŸŽ‰

Yay Lauren!!! Go Blue!!

We are still speechless over this AuSable River Canoe Marathon memory of Mathieu St-Pierre and Ryan Harris portaging Mio dam in 2016.

Amber Pindell, who reminded us of this video, stated this is "one of the most amazing moments I remember in my lifetime. Extremely inspiring, and I'm very proud to be from a town that's a part of this."

We couldn't agree more. Thanks for sharing, Amber!

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We watched them come through Alcona in the morning and it was amazing. A great showing of team work and strength from them both. I wish I had a video but I we were all so caught up in the moment we never thought about it. A great memory of the race!

Oh yes, I remember this...it was an amazing thing to see and be a part of, even if it was just watching and cheering him on!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜ƒ Would love to know how he is doing now.

I was born with club feet, had operations, casts and braces. I really cannot run without pain but am humbled by Mathieu’s determination, strength and courage.

This was one of the most amazing & inspiring things, in my personal opinion, that has ever happened in a marathon. Love it!!

Absolutely amazing!

STUPENDOUS PARTNERSHIP. Thanks for posting-

Truly awesome ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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This year the ARCM scholarship committee was excited to add Mio HS to our Marathon scholarship program. The winner of the Mio Scholarship was Lexus Marsh. Lexus plans to attend Kirtland Community College where she will study Physical Therapy. Congratulations Lexus and good luck!

For more information on the ARCM Scholarship, click on the following link: www.ausablecanoemarathon.org/maraโ€ฆ/scholarship-fund/

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This year the ARCM scholarship committee was excited to add Mio HS to our Marathon scholarship program.  The winner of the Mio Scholarship was Lexus Marsh.  Lexus plans to attend Kirtland Community College where she will study Physical Therapy.  Congratulations Lexus and good luck!   

For more information on the ARCM Scholarship, click on the following link: https://www.ausablecanoemarathon.org/maraโ€ฆ/scholarship-fund/

Photo provided by Lexus Marsh.

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I'm excited for you, Congratulations!!

Congratulations

Congratulations

Congratulations!!

Our final featured AuSable River Canoe Marathon favorite memory comes from Keshia Shadley, who provided this picture from the 2019 Marathon. The picture features Rick Joy mentoring Rob Shadley and passing down years of wisdom and experience before the start of the race.

Thanks for sharing this memory, Keshia!

Also, thanks to everyone else who submitted their favorite Marathon tradition or memory to be featured on our page throughout the month of July. Our goal was to keep the Marathon spirit alive, even though the race could not be held.

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Our final featured AuSable River Canoe Marathon favorite memory comes from Keshia Shadley, who provided this picture from the 2019 Marathon. The picture features Rick Joy mentoring Rob Shadley and passing down years of wisdom and experience before the start of the race.

Thanks for sharing this memory, Keshia! 

Also, thanks to everyone else who submitted their favorite Marathon tradition or memory to be featured on our page throughout the month of July. Our goal was to keep the Marathon spirit alive, even though the race could not be held. 

2021 Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon here we come!

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Thank you Rick for Your years of sharing your experience to so many paddlers.

We are down to the last couple days of featured Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon favorite memories and/or traditions. Our next comes from Tanya Rice:

"My first story would be 1993 when my dad and sister (Dan Rice Nicole Rice) entered there first Marathon. I was so proud my dad and my big sister were gonna paddle all night. My job was to wait atop Mio dam and run them down the dam. The excitement took over and I could not wait for this moment to arrive. I stood at the bank by Rays waiting for the start and screamed and cheered as loud as I could until they got in. Then off to Stephans; a good check in there and more cheering until they came by, then to Conners for another check in more cheering. The excitement grew for them; they were doing it and I was going to see them at Mio dam. Then as I wait on top that majestic Mio dam waiting for my team the official comes up and says, 'they are not coming dear.. they are out'. My heart broke right there. The tears just flowed and worry and panic took over. It was a heartbreaker.

Then 2016 came and my was sister paddling her first Marathon since 1993 with Rodney Elliot. I was overjoyed with pride and happiness for her. I instantly turned into that 12 year old girl on that memorable Mio dam again and I couldn't wait to run her down that dam, finally. As I cheered her from the start on they were looking good. I kept calling mom and dad to give them updates. They were so excited! I arrived at Mio dam and waited impatiently for canoe #17. Pacing and pacing... until I heard 'here they come!'. I had tears of happiness... I was so proud to finally run my sister down Mio dam. I called mom and dad to let them know she made it and we are on our way to Oscoda to cross that finish line.

Nicole is one of the toughest, most courageous people I know and I'm so proud she's my sister and I could share this with her."

Thanks for sharing these two memories, Tanya!

Photo by Caleb Casey

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We are down to the last couple days of featured Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon favorite memories and/or traditions. Our next comes from Tanya Rice: 

My first story would be 1993 when my dad and sister (Dan Rice Nicole Rice) entered there first Marathon. I was so proud my dad and my big sister were gonna paddle all night. My job was to wait atop Mio dam and run them down the dam. The excitement took over and I could not wait for this moment to arrive. I stood at the bank by Rays waiting for the start and screamed and cheered as loud as I could until they got in. Then off to Stephans; a good check in there and more cheering until they came by, then to Conners for another check in more cheering. The excitement grew for them; they were doing it and I was going to see them at Mio dam. Then as I wait on top that majestic Mio dam waiting for my team the official comes up and says, they are not coming dear.. they are out. My heart broke right there. The tears just flowed and worry and panic took over. It was a heartbreaker. 

Then 2016 came and my was sister paddling her first Marathon since 1993 with Rodney Elliot. I was overjoyed with pride and happiness for her. I instantly turned into that 12 year old girl on that memorable Mio dam again and I couldnt wait to run her down that dam, finally. As I cheered her from the start on they were looking good. I kept calling mom and dad to give them updates. They were so excited! I arrived at Mio dam and waited impatiently for canoe #17. Pacing and pacing... until I heard here they come!. I had tears of happiness... I was so proud to finally run my sister down Mio dam. I called mom and dad to let them know she made it and we are on our way to Oscoda to cross that finish line. 

Nicole is one of the toughest, most courageous people I know and Im so proud shes my sister and I could share this with her.

Thanks for sharing these two memories, Tanya!

Photo by Caleb Casey

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Aww sister...๐Ÿ’—

Ha! So cool.

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