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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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It is with great sadness I have to make this announcement but due to the current situation we feel this is in everyone’s best interest to cancel the Klondike Challenge that had been postponed to April 18-19, 2020. See you in 2021!! ... See MoreSee Less

It is with great sadness I have to make this announcement but due to the current situation we feel this is in everyone’s best interest to cancel the Klondike Challenge that had been postponed to April 18-19, 2020.  See you in 2021!!

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Is this for the AuSable marathon in July?

For now its only Klondike challenge April 18-19 2020

Jerry Killingbeck

*New Event!
"The AuSable River Challenge"
The Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon Committee is working on a new event that includes all USCA specification watercraft.
We are doing this as a trial run, limiting the amount of vessels to 20 watercraft. It will be run as a fundraiser, a portion of the entry fees will go to our scholarship fund. The AuSable River Challenge is also an effort to increase the economic impact along the AuSable River Valley by hosting an event in Mio.
The event will be staged in Mio with a common campground area for all competitors to use for free. The race briefing and pre race dinner will be held in Mio also.
The race will start in the morning on Friday July 24th and you will have until 9 pm on on Saturday July 25th. There will be an entry fee of **$120 per paddler. You will get a GPS for your boat, and it will be mandatory!
The AuSable River Challenge is also an effort to include a chance for paddlers that do not have an interest in professional C2 marathon canoe racing, but would like to test their skills challenging the mighty AuSable. We would like to keep the prestige of the Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon as a professional C2 race as it has been since 1947. This event will provide an organized way for all types of USCA specification watercraft to experience the AuSable River non stop or stop and rest along the way.
If you are interested please contact
Justin Griffith at
[email protected]

* We need a minimum of 4 watercraft to enter or it will not be worth the effort to keep emergency personnel at the ready.

** We are discussing the cost of vessels above 4 people.
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Sounds like a fantastic initiative.

Canoe and kayak?

From mio down or laps?

Amy Thornton

This post is not easy to make, but with the current health situation we felt it necessary to put the safety of our participants and community first.
Thank you for understanding-
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This post is not easy to make, but with the current health situation we felt it necessary to put the safety of our participants and community first. 
Thank you for understanding-

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If you put this in the oscoda press ,PLEASE PUT IT IN THE IOSCO NEWS HEARLD ALSO!!! There are race fans in tawas too. Thank you

A detailed interview from the first Australian team to conquer the Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon. It is very detailed, and describes their adventure very well. Listen to their story from early preparation to the finish line. ... See MoreSee Less

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Conquer? 😂 More like scraped through! It was a wonderful experience we will hold dear to our hearts forever ♾

The dulcet tones of Mr Microphone Steve Southard

That was such a great interview Rod Clark and Judi! And Susan Williams! Legends All. Thanks for the interview Justin!

Love this so much! Great viewing Judos Clark and Rod Clark👏👏👏🏅

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An interview with Jeff Kolka talking about Serge Corbin, one of the greatest athletes to ever paddle a canoe. He dominated marathon canoe racing over 4 decades. #HupAllNight ... See MoreSee Less

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The best thing about Jeff Kolka is how incredibly humble he is and how he always reached out to help younger paddlers such as myself back in the day. I would like to see Serge interviewed talking about Jeff. I know Jeff knows the river as good as anyone else. He is a strong and smart paddler. I would like to think Serge's success had more to do with Jeff than most think. More importantly Jeff is a great person. Jeff I will never forget you grabbing my paddling gloves after an MCRA race. I must have been 14 or 15 years old. You were never too cool to be kind to the youngsters such as myself. You're awesome and thanks for your inspiration!!

Great memories of watching Corbin & Kolka dominate the marathon. Incredible team

Ill never forget the name. EVER!

Offshore Winning crew Molokai hoe

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