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It happened again. For the second consecutive year, the AuSable River Canoe Marathon – an annual 120-mile non-stop race from Grayling to Oscoda held on Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30 – featured a sprint to the finish line, with only one second separating the first and second place teams. For...
AuSable River Canoe Marathon teams – before they raced 120 miles from Grayling to Oscoda on Saturday and Sunday – competed against the clock and each other while battling for starting positions during a three-day time trials event last week. The AuSable River Canoe Marathon Committee changed...
For the second consecutive year, the racing of voyager canoes with multiple-person teams will take place in conjunction with the AuSable River Canoe Marathon on July 29-30. Voyager canoes, known in Quebec as Rabaskas, are “freighter canoes” – 25 feet long and four feet wide – and were originally...
Last year’s AuSable River Canoe Marathon was historic; it featured a record number of teams with 95, and for only the second time in the event’s seven decades, the race was decided by a sprint to the finish with only one second separating the first place finishers from the second place canoe....
Fifty-five paddlers raced from Grayling to Burton’s Landing in one-person canoes during the 2017 Spike’s Challenge C-1 event on Saturday.  Overall numbers were up from last year’s total (45), but lower than in 2015 when the event had a near record field of 63 competitors. The C-1 race featured...
This year’s Spike’s Challenge C-2 race champions – Steve Lajoie and Guillaume Blais, both of Quebec – posted the top time at the Spike’s Challenge sprints for position event on Saturday.  Year after year, the top sprinters consistently finish near the top during the race, making the sprints for...
The winners of Sunday’s 2017 Spike’s Challenge C-2 canoe race – Steve Lajoie and Guillaume Blais, both of Quebec – were both former first place finishers for the event, but this year was their first time winning the race together as a duo. Lajoie won the Spike’s Challenge in 2003, 2004, and...
Change is good? The AuSable River Canoe Marathon made a significant adjustment to the annual race’s time trials last year by moving the course. Time trials – a three-day event slated for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, July 26, 27, and 28 this year – determine starting positions for the AuSable...
Last year’s Spike’s Challenge C-2 Paddler’s Tribute race featured a record field and a one-second difference between the top two teams at the finish line. It was the event’s 25th anniversary. Can this year’s C-2 event possibly top last year’s? Event organizers are not expecting as many teams...
The Spike’s Challenge weekend of canoe racing will include a C-1 event – a race from Grayling to Burton’s Landing in one-person canoes – on Saturday evening. Numbers were down last year for the event. After having 63 competitors in 2015 – third most in the event’s history – the 2016 Spike’s...

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