The 60th annual AuSable River Canoe Marathon will be held next weekend (July 28 – 29, 2007). The race is billed as the longest non-stop canoe race in North America.
The Au Sable River Canoe Marathon is an annual 120 mile canoe race in Michigan from Grayling to Oscoda. It first ran in 1947 and is the longest, non-stop, canoe-only race in North America…
The event starts at 9pm in Grayling with the competitors carrying their canoes in a footrace 4 blocks through town. Once they reach the Au Sable River, they start paddling throughout the night. In addition to paddling for 14-15 hours straight, competitors must also make a number of portages around dams on the river.
While last year’s race was won by Jim Harwood of Grayling and Allen Limberg (Wausau, WI), the team of Serge Corbin of Quebec and Grayling’s Jeff Kolka have dominated the event for almost 20 years.
You can get more info on places to stay and things to do at Absolute Michigan keyword Grayling (check Oscoda as well) and get more about the Au Sable River (one of America’s legendary trout streams) from teh Au Sable River Association and Au Sable River Valley Online.