Tuesday, January 1, 2008

The Tradition Endures: 60 Years of the AuSable River Canoe Marathon

The Tradition Endures
The Tradition Endures
"Have you ever watched the crazy running start to the AuSable River Canoe Marathon or watched the paddlers race through the night from Grayling to Oscoda?" asks the Gaylord Herald Times.

A new book, "The Tradition Endures: 60 Years of the AuSable River Canoe Marathon," brings the reader 104 pages of highlights from what is billed as the longest non-stop canoe race in North America and the world's toughest spectator race. It contains over 100 new photographs from the races.

The Grayling to Oscoda Canoe Marathon is staged the last weekend in July of each year, and is North America's richest canoe race with over $50,000 cash and prizes awarded.

The book focuses on the last 10 years, taking up where an earlier volume "Experience the Tradition: The First 50 Years of the AuSable River Canoe Marathon," which sold out.

"One April, the father and son team of Bob and Mike Bradford paddled upstream on the AuSable all the way from Lake Huron in Oscoda to Grayling 112 miles," said Jon Thompson, one of the book’s authors. "Then they portaged with their canoe and camping equipment over to the Manistee River and paddled all the way to Lake Michigan, about 151 miles. Along the way, they encountered ice on some of the ponds behind dams and had to portage a total of 31 miles."

"The Tradition Endures" includes:
  • The best canoe racing teams ever
  • The world’s toughest fans
  • Unbelievable training stories
  • Weather versus the Marathon
  • The Memorial Monument lives!
  • The aging of the Marathon

The book is a fundraiser for the AuSable Marathon with 100% of the purchase price going to the AuSable River International Canoe Marathon. Volunteers working on the book are authors John Cook, Nancy Lemmen, and Jon Thompson and Photography/Editing Assistant: Pam Williams.

from the Gaylord Herald Times, "AuSable Marathon focus of new book", Dec 22, 2007 and AuSable Canoe Marathon book order form
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