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

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We like the look of this 😍! The sign at the start line at the Old AuSable is officially up. Soon this hill will be filled with spectators anxiously waiting for the paddlers to run down the road and jump in the river to begin their 120 mile journey!

#HupAllNight #GraylingtoOscoda #Marathon #ARCM #Paddle #Canoe #TripleCrownofCanoeRacing #ConsumersEnergy #AuSableRiver
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We like the look of this 😍! The sign at the start line at the Old AuSable is officially up. Soon this hill will be filled with spectators anxiously waiting for the paddlers to run down the road and jump in the river to begin their 120 mile journey! 

#HupAllNight #GraylingtoOscoda #Marathon #ARCM #Paddle #Canoe #TripleCrownofCanoeRacing #ConsumersEnergy #AuSableRiver

 

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Haley Simons Peggy Davis

Sarahhhhhhh Nicccccc

how long would it take to complete 192KM (120 miles)

Another one of the questions that racers are asked when filling out their applications is their "Most Memorable Experience". Below are just a few of the responses for this year's race:

Canoe #49 with Lauren Fry and Mark Rowe answer, “shooting stars” and “The Big Dipper hanging over the river at night”.

Ray Wonders, #77, says “Running into a flock of geese in the dark and then hitting a stump in Mio Pond and almost flipping” while partner Hunter Wonders thinks his most memorable experience was “Losing our headlight at the beginning of Mio Pond, We made sure to stay close to the canoe ahead of us.”

James Miller, #32, replies “All the lovely people I've met in coming to Michigan” and teammate Peggy English thinks that it’s “My partner in 2017 singing " Morning has broken" as the sun came up, my first with Rod Matthews”.

#HupAllNight #GraylingtoOscoda #Marathon #ARCM #Paddle #Canoe #TripleCrownofCanoeRacing #ConsumersEnergy #AuSableRiver
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Another one of the questions that racers are asked when filling out their applications is their Most Memorable Experience. Below are just a few of the responses for this years race:

Canoe #49 with Lauren Fry and Mark Rowe answer, “shooting stars” and “The Big Dipper hanging over the river at night”.

Ray Wonders, #77, says “Running into a flock of geese in the dark and then hitting a stump in Mio Pond and almost flipping” while partner Hunter Wonders thinks his most memorable experience was “Losing our headlight at the beginning of Mio Pond,  We made sure to stay close to the canoe ahead of us.”

James Miller, #32, replies “All the lovely people Ive met in coming to Michigan” and teammate Peggy English thinks that it’s “My partner in 2017 singing  Morning has broken as the sun came up, my first with Rod Matthews”.

#HupAllNight #GraylingtoOscoda #Marathon #ARCM #Paddle #Canoe #TripleCrownofCanoeRacing #ConsumersEnergy #AuSableRiver

We are officially 10 days away from the 2019 Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon!

We currently have 92 teams entered in this year's race, which is only 3 away from our all time record of 95 teams. The stats in the pictures below are based on the 92 teams.

Official Marathon Time Trials aka Sprints will take place Wednesday, July 24 - Friday, July 26 at Penrod's Canoe Livery of Grayling. Friday at 2:45pm is the Special Olympics Canoe Challenge.

The Opening Program at the Old AuSable on Saturday, July 27 at 6:30pm with paddler introductions at 7pm and the start of the race at 9pm.

Don't forget to purchase Official Marathon merchandise under the overhang at Suchey Chiropractic of Downtown Grayling.

Marathon 50/50 raffle tickets will be sold throughout town at $1 a piece. Currently, over 4,000 tickets have been sold so the lucky winner will receive at least $2,000.

#HupAllNight #GraylingtoOscoda #Marathon #ARCM #Paddle #Canoe #TripleCrownofCanoeRacing #ConsumersEnergy #AuSableRiver
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So stinkin excited!!

Tami Walker Alex Walker

Antonia LeAnn Fruytier, are you ready?

Grayling Recreation Authority Presents: The Business Canoe Relays!

Have you ever wanted to yell HUP? Here is your opportunity! It is time for you to consider putting a team in the 2019 Business Relays. This will give you an opportunity to showcase your canoeing technique or publicly embarrass yourself and your co-workers, either way is fun.

We have made some exciting changes! We have a shorter course, with all participants paddling a short distance downstream and upstream.

Two members of your team will be put in a canoe and forced to paddle downstream, go around a buoy then paddle a short distance upstream where the other two members of your team do the same course. Your team will be competing for the fastest time in your class.

We have a class for everyone (men’s, women’s, and mixed) and plan on limiting the entries to fifty teams. The entry fee is just $20.00 per team; all equipment is provided. This year’s scheduled dates and times are:

Penrod’s on Thursday July 25th, 2019 4:20 p.m. to ???

As always, we try to accommodate you with a starting time that fits your schedule. Each leg of the race takes only 15 minutes so exceptional physical fitness IS NOT a requirement. Only two members of your team need be from your organization, so you can trick your friends and or family into paddling. Remember this is a fun event so do not try to sneak any ringers into your line-up (see Rule #6).

We hope you come down to compete or just join in the fun. Please fill out the attached entry form and forward as soon as possible, race day is near.

Once again Grayling Recreation Authority is this year’s coordinating organization for the event. If you need any information, contact Hanson Hills at 348-9266.
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Grayling Recreation Authority Presents: The Business Canoe Relays!

Have you ever wanted to yell HUP? Here is your opportunity! It is time for you to consider putting a team in the 2019 Business Relays. This will give you an opportunity to showcase your canoeing technique or publicly embarrass yourself and your co-workers, either way is fun.

We have made some exciting changes! We have a shorter course, with all participants paddling a short distance downstream and upstream.

Two members of your team will be put in a canoe and forced to paddle downstream, go around a buoy then paddle a short distance upstream where the other two members of your team do the same course. Your team will be competing for the fastest time in your class.

We have a class for everyone (men’s, women’s, and mixed) and plan on limiting the entries to fifty teams. The entry fee is just $20.00 per team; all equipment is provided. This year’s scheduled dates and times are:

Penrod’s on Thursday July 25th, 2019 4:20 p.m. to ???

As always, we try to accommodate you with a starting time that fits your schedule. Each leg of the race takes only 15 minutes so exceptional physical fitness IS NOT a requirement. Only two members of your team need be from your organization, so you can trick your friends and or family into paddling. Remember this is a fun event so do not try to sneak any ringers into your line-up (see Rule #6).

We hope you come down to compete or just join in the fun. Please fill out the attached entry form and forward as soon as possible, race day is near.

Once again Grayling Recreation Authority is this year’s coordinating organization for the event. If you need any information, contact Hanson Hills at 348-9266.Image attachmentImage attachment

Below are the Grayling Marathon Office Hours for the next two weeks:

July 16th - 18th: 9am - 1pm

July 20th Paddler Check In at City Park (Spike's Sprints): 9am - 2pm

July 22 - 23rd: 11am - 6pm

July 24 - 25th: 10am - 2pm

July 26th: 9am - noon

If you are entered as a competitor in the 2019 Consumers Energy ARCM and need to speak with someone, please call 989-390-6994.

#HupAllNight #GraylingtoOscoda #Marathon #ARCM #Paddle #Canoe #TripleCrownofCanoeRacing #ConsumersEnergy #AuSableRiver
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Below are the Grayling Marathon Office Hours for the next two weeks: 

July 16th - 18th: 9am - 1pm

July 20th Paddler Check In at City Park (Spikes Sprints): 9am - 2pm

July 22 - 23rd: 11am - 6pm 

July 24 - 25th: 10am - 2pm

July 26th: 9am - noon

If you are entered as a competitor in the 2019 Consumers Energy ARCM and need to speak with someone, please call 989-390-6994. 

#HupAllNight #GraylingtoOscoda #Marathon #ARCM #Paddle #Canoe #TripleCrownofCanoeRacing #ConsumersEnergy #AuSableRiver

 

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Looking forward to another Marathon along the riverbank.

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