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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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3 days ago

AuSable River Canoe Marathon

ABC Mildura Swan Hill
🎥 MURRAY MARATHON FLASHBACK 🚣‍♂️🚣‍♂️

It's less than a week until the Massive Murray Paddle / Murray Marathon - this year celebrating it's 50th year!

This ABC TV news report is from 1970 when the annual race featured 101 canoists.

Next week's event is expected to include 550 paddlers in 180 different craft, such as canoes, kayaks, outriggers and stand up paddle boards, supported by 800 ground crew.

But one thing remains the same - the course - paddlers will travel 404 kilometres across five days, starting at Yarrawonga and finishing at Swan Hill.
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We would like to wish Grayling native, Nicole Rice Owens the best of travels and a good race while she is in Australia, doing the Massive Murray Marathon. She is trading in Perpetuem for Vegemite. lol ... See MoreSee Less

We would like to wish Grayling native, Nicole Rice Owens the best of travels and a good race while she is in Australia, doing the Massive Murray Marathon. She is trading in Perpetuem for Vegemite.  lol

 

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It’s scary she eats more vegemite than I do!

Nicole Rice Owens Where did you get that shirt?!?!?!

Loved it when I was in Wollongong!!

Good luck and have fun.

If she comes to western australia be sure to contact me!

Good luck.

How are you getting boats paddles and pit crew down under?

Have fun sister

Best of luck!

Good luck post pictures!

Ow ya goin mate? Good luck Nicole. I almost didn't recognize you.

Best of luck

What is the start date

felicitation NICOLE

😋😋♥️♥️❤️😁

Gross! 😂

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5 days ago

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Sarah Taylor, Nic Durish, Adam Black, James Carlin Mader, Kyle Taylor heeere we go

Looking forward to it!!

Hope I can come this next time ❤ drone videos and whatnot

See ya then!😊

Get ready!

Jewels Hagerman

Anthony Szafraniec IV

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More than courage is needed to risk your life for your country. It takes commitment, caring, and deep personal strength. It takes the heart of a hero. Thank You. ... See MoreSee Less

More than courage is needed to risk your life for your country.  It takes commitment, caring, and deep personal strength. It takes the heart of a hero. Thank You.

 

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Well yes, there is hydrogen bonding for a start. All our enjoyment starts there.

In waders on a trout stream,with snow falling solitude ....

That magic is in Higgins Lake!!!!!

Mni wiconi..water is life...NO DAPL...

Origins of life.....H2O.....

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