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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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AuSable River Canoe Marathon On Facebook

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


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What does the future hold for the Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon ? As we approach the 2020 race our vision is on our young new paddlers and their mentors. This year our program book will focus on youth paddlers (under 19) and the mentors who took them under their wings. If you, or a family member completed the ARCM and fall into this youth/mentor category, we need your help. We are looking for articles and pictures for use in the program book and/or other media sources. If you would like to submit an article or pictures of your Marathon experience for consideration by the Program Book team you can send them to [email protected]
196 days and counting!!
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Check this out Danny Medina and lil Bro Scott

Brett Stockton

Briana Fitzgerald

Wendy Davies Childs, Zachary Childs!

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Bob Bradford sharing smiles
And I bet lot if paddling stories with Ed Adams .
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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! We hope Santa spoiled you with canoe/paddling gear to get you ready for the 2020 Consumers Energy ARCM! ... See MoreSee Less

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! We hope Santa spoiled you with canoe/paddling gear to get you ready for the 2020 Consumers Energy ARCM!

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Merry Christmas to all! This is Maggie she will be greeting you as canoe past the Larson house this spring/summer !

Merry Christmas to all of you!!

Always look forward to this

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas

Always look for her when I canoe by

Love this picture!

Merry Christmas!

Looks very majestic.


Beautiful pic!

Very beautiful



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Thank you so much for sharing. So many years watching the race but never the whole thing.

Good to know we supporters are being watched by a drown...??.love my river frontage every year about mighnight come the end of July ...cheers


Phyllis Bradley, I see the corner wheee we were sitting, but can’t make us out.

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