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2017 AuSable River Canoe Marathon – July 29 – 30, 2017

The 70th annual running of One of the Greatest Canoe Races on Earth – The AuSable River Canoe Marathon – is upcoming July 29-30, 2017.

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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4 days ago

AuSable River Canoe Marathon

Thank you, Brendan Kinney, for participating in the AuSable Canoe Marathon Pledge Relay.

The 70th AuSable River Canoe Marathon - Presented by Consumers Energy - is upcoming July 29-30. Since 1947, One of the Greatest Canoe Races on Earth!

AuSableCanoeMarathon.org
@AuSableMarathon
#HupAllNight
#ConsumersEnergy
#TripleCrownOfCanoeRacing
#PureMichiganWhat a beautiful morning for a canoe ride down the AuSable River! We learned today more than $3,000 has been raised for the AuSable River Canoe Marathon general fund. Meghan Morelli- TV 7&4 were happy to be part of the fundraiser! We got our workout in - paddling about eight miles!
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Thank you, Brendan Kinney, for participating in the AuSable Canoe Marathon Pledge Relay.

The 70th AuSable River Canoe Marathon - Presented by Consumers Energy - is upcoming July 29-30. Since 1947, One of the Greatest Canoe Races on Earth!

AuSableCanoeMarathon.org
@AuSableMarathon 
#HupAllNight
#ConsumersEnergy 
#TripleCrownOfCanoeRacing
#PureMichigan

Comment on Facebook

Worked our way back from Foote Dam to Grayling today. River never looked better.

Great pics

4 days ago

AuSable River Canoe Marathon

Thank you, Meghan Morelli- TV 7&4, for participating in the AuSable Canoe Marathon Pledge Relay

The 70th AuSable River Canoe Marathon - Presented by Consumers Energy - is upcoming July 29-30. Since 1947, One of the Greatest Canoe Races on Earth!

AuSableCanoeMarathon.org
@AuSableMarathon
#HupAllNight
#ConsumersEnergy
#TripleCrownOfCanoeRacing
#PureMichigan

Meghan Morelli- TV 7&4
Had the honor of being a guest to canoe down the Au Sable River this morning for a relay to raise money for theAuSable River Canoe Marathon! Thank you so much for inviting us! I'm just proud we didn't flip! 🛶👍🏼☀️
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Been there, did that, OUTSTANDING!

How many boats were there, because after Burtons we didn't see anybody, of course we were looking down stream LOL. TEAM Bernie Fowler, i think it was 2:10 when we pulled into McMasters. One of our relays did Flip, the Wind blew them into a sweeper.

4 days ago

AuSable River Canoe Marathon

The 2017 Pledge Relay Challenge has begun! Colin Hunter and Sean Casey started at Stephan Bridge in a racing boat, and Bill Torongo and Jeff Kolka will start at Wakeley Bridge in an aluminum canoe. Who will make it to McMasters first??? Stay tuned! ... See MoreSee Less

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I think Torongo and Kolka but in the end I hope they all have fun and enjoy the beautiful day!

Who made it first?

1 week ago

AuSable River Canoe Marathon

A Rabaska/R-9 racing canoe comes to northern Michigan!

This past weekend AuSable Marathon volunteer Calvin Hoogerhyde travelled to Toronto to pick up the Rabaska/R-9 racing canoe that he purchased in Quebec. Martin Gervais of the ACRQ - Canot marathon R9 association met Calvin in Toronto to deliver the canoe.

Calvin is organizing a Michigan Rabaska/R-9 racing team to compete in the R-9 races at the AuSable River Canoe Marathon July 29-30, and at la Classique internationale de canots de la Mauricie, the final stage of the Triple Crown of Canoe Racing, over Labor Day weekend in Quebec.

Congratulations, Calvin. We look forward to seeing that Michigan R-9 team compete!

The 70th AuSable River Canoe Marathon - Presented by Consumers Energy - is upcoming July 29-30. Since 1947, One of the Greatest Canoe Races on Earth!

AuSableCanoeMarathon.org
@AuSableMarathon
#HupAllNight
#ConsumersEnergy
#TripleCrownOfCanoeRacing
#PureMichigan
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A Rabaska/R-9 racing canoe comes to northern Michigan! 

This past weekend AuSable Marathon volunteer Calvin Hoogerhyde travelled to Toronto to pick up the Rabaska/R-9 racing canoe that he purchased in Quebec. Martin Gervais of the ACRQ - Canot marathon R9 association met Calvin in Toronto to deliver the canoe.

Calvin is organizing a Michigan Rabaska/R-9 racing team to compete in the R-9 races at the AuSable River Canoe Marathon July 29-30, and at la Classique internationale de canots de la Mauricie, the final stage of the Triple Crown of Canoe Racing, over Labor Day weekend in Quebec.

Congratulations, Calvin. We look forward to seeing that Michigan R-9 team compete!

The 70th AuSable River Canoe Marathon - Presented by Consumers Energy - is upcoming July 29-30. Since 1947, One of the Greatest Canoe Races on Earth!

AuSableCanoeMarathon.org
@AuSableMarathon 
#HupAllNight
#ConsumersEnergy 
#TripleCrownOfCanoeRacing
#PureMichigan

Comment on Facebook

Yeah Calvin! This is awesome.

The Paddle For A Cure Canoe Race and Team Hope Walk is this weekend! This event is unlike any other race on the Michigan Canoe Racing Association schedule, raising money for Huntingon's Disease, and raffling off a ton of prizes!

Be sure to go to the Event page check out the extensive list of items up for grabs. If you can't make it, donations are still appreciated> hdsa.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=1213

Paddle for a Cure Canoe Race and Team Hope Walk (Huntington's Disease Fundraising event)May 20, 8:00amHastings, MIPaddle for a Cure and Team hope walk
May 20th
Canoe Racing will begin at Charlton Park
2545 S Charlton Park Rd, Hastings, MI 49058

--Charlton Park--
C1 race $350 purse ($10 pre-registration $15 day of)
Registration 8:00-9:00
Race briefing at 9:15
Race start at 9:30
The C1 race will be held on Thornapple Lake and will be a looped course. It will be 30 min long. Registration will take place at the Charlton Park Public boat launch.

Youth C2 race (free)
Race will be a short sprint course held at Tyden Park after the C2 Race.
* all participants will receive a HDSA Team Hope medal

C2 Race $1000 purse
Expert I and Expert II will start at the same time and finish at Tyden Park.
Registration 8:00-11:00 (Expert-1 $30 pre-registration, $35 day of, Expert-2 registration $20)
Race briefing 11:30
Race start 12:00

C2 race will be a mass start with a loop on Thornapple lake and then down the Thornapple river to Tyden park. Approximately 1 1/2 hours.
Viewing points along C2 race
Start can be viewed at boat launch, bouy turn will be viewable from beach area. Follow signs.
Additional viewing available at River mouth at Charlton Park
Spectating at Mckeown Bridge off of Nashville Rd.
The city of Hastings has a river walk you can access from Tyden Park. There is also plenty viewing along the river bank at the finish.
Mckeown Bridge Park
From Charlton park turn left onto Charlton park Rd.
At 79 take a right. Turn right onto Mckeown Rd. McKeown bridge will be on your right. Limited parking at the bridge. If you go just past the bridge Mckeown Park will be on your left with more parking. To get to Tyden park get back on Nashville Rd. And follow it into Hastings to state st. Stay straight to continue on state st. Until you reach m43. Tyden Park will be visible from here off of M43. Look for signs for Canoe Race and Team Hope Walk.
*All C2 Racers and walk participants will receive a T-shirt if pre registered online by 5/5/2017. For those who have not pre registered by t-shirt cut off, extra Tshirts will be handed out on a first come first serve basis.

--Tyden Park--
HDSA
Team Hope fun walk
Time- 1-4pm
Mike and Heather Ludlum presentation.
Raffles, silent auctions, bouncy house, super hero and princess face painting, get your picture taken with Batman, or a Disney Princess courtesy of batmanparty.com
Lunch (included with registration) and Raffles start after Canoe Race has finished approximately 2pm
Registration fee $15 individual $30 Family
Register online by 5/5/2017 to guarantee yourself a walk t-shirt.
The Walk is a paved handicap accessible path and is a short loop around the park with beautiful views of the Thornapple River. Cheer for the Canoe racers from the Tyden Park bridge as they cross the finish line!
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Paddle for a Cure Canoe Race and Team Hope Walk (Huntingtons Disease Fundraising event)

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