Friday, July 24, 2009

26th Ausable Canoe Marathon This Weekend

AuSable Canoe Marathon
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Ninety teams have entered the Weyerhaeuser AuSable River Canoe Marathon with competitors from 14 states and three provinces of Canada represented. The race, billed as "America's longest richest and toughest canoe race" will have $50,000 in prizes available and is set to run July 25 - 26 2009 from the traditional run to the river in downtown Grayling and finish 120 miles later at the finish line in Oscoda at the shores of Lake Huron.

In a sport where experience counts, the eldest competitor in the race and fan favorite--- Al Widing Sr. 84 of Mio, Michigan will team up with partner Ray Quick of Millington,Michigan for his thirty-ninth run down the river. On the other end of the age scale, Daniel Medina,15 and partner Michael Harmon 16, of Grayling will be making their first attempt at a marathon finish in 2009.

Marathon paddlers arrived in Grayling last weekend (July 18-19) for Spikes Challenge Race. The Challenge, long considered a tune-up race and daylight preview for the grueling marathon to follow, was captured by 2008 ARCM champions Andy Triebold of Spring Arbor, Michigan and partner Steve LaJoie of Mirabel, Quebec in 2:39.06.

See the AuSable Marathon Video Introduction
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