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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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2 days ago

AuSable River Canoe Marathon

The Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon would like to congratulate the boys and girls varsity basketball teams from the finish line in Oscoda, they both went undefeated in regular season and went on to be district champions!Congratulations to Oscoda boys and girls basketball teams on your fantastic season! Undefeated seasons & district champs! 🏆 ... See MoreSee Less

The Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon would like to congratulate the boys and girls varsity basketball teams from the finish line in Oscoda, they both went undefeated in regular season and went on to be district champions!Image attachment

 

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Great season!, be proud!!

The Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon would like to thank Heather Tait and Justin Griffith for working a Tip Night Fundraiser as Bartenders at the Hilltop Bar and Grill. We were able to make over $500 to go toward putting on such a great race! Thank you everyone for your support! ... See MoreSee Less

The Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon would like to thank Heather Tait and Justin Griffith for working a Tip Night Fundraiser as Bartenders at the Hilltop Bar and Grill. We were able to make over $500 to go toward putting on such a great race! Thank you everyone for your support!

 

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Justin and Heather, thank you for your time and help!

That is awesome. Congratulations.

1 week ago

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Our sponsorship and ad sales deadline for the AuSable River Canoe Marathon Program Book is March 18th. If you are interested in being a part of the AuSable River Canoe Marathon reach us at [email protected] ... See MoreSee Less

Vote for the AuSable River Canoe Marathon in Traverse City Red Hot Best. Go to Summer Events click drop down arrow and scroll to AuSable River Canoe Marathon select that and click done. Fill out your name, email, and zip code then hit submit vote. Follow this link bestof.mynorth.com/ ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

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In Lansing today.Booth is ready to go. Doors just opened. Come and see us at the Quiet Water Symposium in Lansing MI. ... See MoreSee Less

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