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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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Luc Robillard, One of the first Canadians to comète at the AuSable River Canoe Marathon. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Probably knows that river blind folded. Lol

Hey Luc, Kellogg's say hello!

Important Update! The Marathon office has updated their telephone number to 989-390-6994.

Please call this number, email us at [email protected], or message us on Facebook for any questions related to the race. A committee member will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you!
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Important Update! The Marathon office has updated their telephone number to 989-390-6994. 

Please call this number, email us at contact@ausablecanoemarathon.org, or message us on Facebook for any questions related to the race. A committee member will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Thank you!

Marathon Trivia Thursday

In spirit of the first leg of the Triple Crown of Canoe Racing this weekend:
Q: How many times has a team won both the General Clinton Canoe Regatta and the Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon in the same year?
A: 23 times [1970, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018]

The Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon
Since 1947 ~ Experience the Tradition!
#HupAllNight
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Marathon Trivia Thursday

In spirit of the first leg of the Triple Crown of Canoe Racing this weekend:
Q: How many times has a team won both the General Clinton Canoe Regatta and the Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon in the same year?
A: 23 times [1970, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018]

The Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon
Since 1947 ~ Experience the Tradition!
#HupAllNight

 

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I got 22: Steve Lajoie & Andy Triebold 8 Serge Corbin & Jeff Kolka 5 Claude Corbin & Serge Corbin 2 Serge Corbin & Brett Stockton 2 Solomon Carriere & Serge Corbin 2 Claude Corbin & Luc Robillard 1 John Baker & Jay Stephen 1 Matt Rimer & Andy Triebold 1

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The answer is zero because this is the first year its Consumers Energy Ausable River Canoe Marathon technically speaking. Just mail the prize to, I wear a size medium. 😂

With Serge and Jeff, then Andy and Steve my conservative guess is 20, but probably higher than that.

33 years 👌

Serge Corbin is the GOAT.

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The AuSable River Canoe Marathon 50/50 raffle is back! Tickets are $1 a piece and all net proceeds go to the Marathon general operating fund. So far over 2,000 tickets have been sold!

The winner will be announced at 8:45pm during the pre-race program on Saturday, July 27th although need not be present to win.

To buy tickets now, visit various local businesses in Grayling or contact a Marathon committee member. Tickets will be sold up until the announcement of the winner.

#ARICM #AuSableRiver #HUP #HUPallnight #GraylingtoOscoda
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The AuSable River Canoe Marathon 50/50 raffle is back! Tickets are $1 a piece and all net proceeds go to the Marathon general operating fund. So far over 2,000 tickets have been sold!

The winner will be announced at 8:45pm during the pre-race program on Saturday, July 27th although need not be present to win. 

To buy tickets now, visit various local businesses in Grayling or contact a Marathon committee member. Tickets will be sold up until the announcement of the winner. 

#ARICM #AuSableRiver #HUP #HUPallnight #GraylingtoOscoda

We received the first Marathon entry in the mail. The countdown begins... 68 days! Who else is getting excited?!

#ARICM #AuSableRiver #HUP #HUPallnight #GraylingtoOscoda
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We received the first Marathon entry in the mail. The countdown begins... 68 days! Who else is getting excited?! 

#ARICM #AuSableRiver #HUP #HUPallnight #GraylingtoOscoda

 

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Ever considered a 5 mile-ish / 1 hour-ish anyone any-canoe can enter like the river rat race? www.riverratrace.com/

Who is it from? 😬

Awesome like the sounds of Mo Hardwood

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