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Au Sable River Canoe Marathon


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Updated: 2017-03-20T13:41Z

The Au Sable River International Canoe Marathon is an annual 120 mi (193 km) canoe race in Michigan from Grayling to Oscoda. It first ran in 1947, is perhaps the oldest marathon canoe race in the United States, and is the longest, non-stop, canoe-only race in North America. The race has been billed as "The World's Toughest Spectator Race" as many of the spectators follow the racers overnight down the full 120 miles (190 km) to the finish.[1]

Au Sable River Canoe Marathon by Mark Bialek

The race is always held the last full weekend in July during Grayling's annual Au Sable River Festival. To determine the order of the racers the night of the canoe marathon there is a sprint held to determine which of the teams is fastest or slowest. The sprint trials are held at Penrod's canoe livery. The trials are held the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday before the race on Saturday. Each team will head upstream one quarter mile towards the Old AuSable Fly Shop. Once there you must complete a counter clockwise turn around a buoy. Then you must head back downstream to the starting point and the next team does not start until the team finishing reaches a point close to the start buoy. On average this can take from 2 minutes and 15 seconds to 5 minutes. The overall finish times range from about 5 minutes and 30 seconds to 13 minutes. While they are on their way back to the starting buoy they must maintain the amount of buoys on the left side of their canoe. Once all of the teams have finished the sprint trials they will be lined up in groups of five, from fastest to slowest, on the night of the marathon to make the four-block foot race.

The Marathon starts at 9pm in Grayling in a LeMans-style start where the competitors carry their canoes in a footrace four blocks through town to the Au Sable River entry point. Upon reaching the Au Sable River, they begin paddling non-stop throughout the night. In addition to paddling for 14–19 hours non-stop overnight, competitors must also make portages over six dams along the river race route.

To participate in the race the competitor must be at least the age of 16. In order to enter by July 1st there is a $220 fee. To enter by July 15th, the fee is $320, and to enter by July 25th the fee is $420. However, the fees are all worth their prices because upon completing the race the canoers are awarded cash prizes. The reward for first place is $5,000. Second place is $3,500, and third place receives $2,500. Even if a racer finishes in 40th place, they will receive $230 which is more than their entry fee. Competitors that finish after 40th place will receive a finishers metal.

The race relies on the efforts made by many volunteers.

The Triple Crown of Canoe Racing

The Au Sable River Canoe Marathon is one of the three marathon canoe races that make up the Triple Crown of Canoe Racing which recognizes the top performances by Marathon Canoe Racers who compete at all three of North America's most prestigious marathon canoe races:

  • General Clinton Canoe Regatta, staged Memorial Day on New York's Susquehanna River - a one-day, non-stop 70-mile (110 km) non-stop race from Cooperstown, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, to Bainbridge, New York.
  • Au Sable River Canoe Marathon, one of North America's toughest, richest canoe races, an overnight, non-stop 120-mile (190 km) race from Grayling to Oscoda on Northern Michigan's AuSable River during the last weekend of July.
  • La Classique International de Canots de La Maurice, staged Labor Day weekend on central Quebec's majestic St. Maurice River - a three-day, three-stage 120-mile (190 km) race from La Tuque to Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.

Winners

(Since 1980)

File:2005 AuSable River Canoe Marathon Finish.ogv

2016Christophe Proulx, Shawinigan, Ontario / Ryan Halstead, Grayling, MI14:29:26
2015Andrew Triebold, Grayling, MI / Steve Lajoie, Mirabel, Quebec14:31:56
2014Andrew Triebold, Grayling, MI / Steve Lajoie, Mirabel, Quebec14:36:18
2013Andrew Triebold, Grayling, MI / Steve Lajoie, Mirabel, Quebec14:20:24
2012Andrew Triebold, Grayling, MI / Steve Lajoie, Mirabel, Quebec14:42:43
2011Andrew Triebold, Grayling, MI / Steve Lajoie, Mirabel, Quebec14:41:00
2010Andrew Triebold, Spring Arbor, MI / Steve Lajoie, Mirabel, Quebec14:17:29
2009Andrew Triebold, Spring Arbor, MI / Steve Lajoie, Mirabel, Quebec14:17:42
2008Andrew Triebold, Spring Arbor, MI / Steve Lajoie, Mirabel, Quebec14:09:06
2007Andrew Triebold, Spring Arbor, MI / Matt Rimer, Grayling, MI14:48:55
2006Jim Harwood, Grayling / Allen Limberg, Wausau, WI14:33:50
2005Serge Corbin, Quebec Canada / Jeff Kolka, Grayling, MI14:56:11
2004Andrew Triebold, Spring Arbor, MI / Steve Lajoie, Mirabel, Quebec14:59:46
2003Serge Corbin, Quebec Canada / Jeff Kolka, Grayling, MI14:55:03
2002Serge Corbin, Quebec Canada / Jeff Kolka, Grayling, MI15:04:56
2001Serge Corbin, Quebec Canada / Jeff Kolka, Grayling, MI15:06:48
2000Serge Corbin, Quebec Canada / Jeff Kolka, Grayling, MI14:48:00
1999Serge Corbin, Quebec Canada / Jeff Kolka, Grayling, MI14:08:18
1998Serge Corbin, Quebec Canada / Jeff Kolka, Grayling, MI14:15:47
1997Serge Corbin, Quebec Canada / Jeff Kolka, Grayling, MI14:19:36
1996Serge Corbin, Quebec Canada / Jeff Kolka, Grayling, MI14:04:05
1995Jim Harwood, Grayling / Patrick Lynch, Shawinigan-Sud Quebec14:20:40
1994Serge Corbin, Quebec Canada / Solomon Carriere, Cumberland House, Saskatchewan Canada13:58:08
1993Serge Corbin, Quebec Canada / Solomon Carriere, Cumberland House, Saskatchewan Canada14:23:03
1992Serge Corbin, Quebec Canada / Brett Stockton, Grayling, MI14:33:30
1991Serge Corbin, Quebec Canada/Brett Stockton, Grayling, MI14:33:30
1990Serge Corbin, Quebec Canada / Brett Stockton, Grayling, MI14:43:35
1989Al Rudquist, Grand Rapids MN / Randy Drake, Virginia Beach VA14:38:18
1988Brett Stockton, Grayling, MI / Serge Corbin, Quebec Canada14:20:00
1987Brett Stockton, Grayling, MI / Serge Corbin, Quebec Canada14:34:32
1986Butch Stockton, Higgins Lake, MI / Brett Stockton, Grayling, MI14:30:38
1985Butch Stockton, Higgins Lake, MI / Brett Stockton, Grayling, MI14:35:53
1984Butch Stockton, Higgins Lake, MI / Solomon Carriere, Cumberland House, Saskatchewan Canada14:20:40
1983Butch Stockton, Higgins Lake, MI / Brett Stockton, Grayling, MI14:38:36
1982Butch Stockton, Higgins Lake, MI / Brett Stockton, Grayling, MI14:38:27
1981John Baker, Grayling, MI / Ken Brown, St. Clair Shores, MI14:29:01
1980John Baker, Grayling, MI / Ron Williams, Smither, B.C. Canada14:48:31

The race record for the current course is 13:58:08 set by Serge Corbin of Quebec and Solomon Carriere of Saskatchewan.

The record for most wins individually is 18 by Serge Corbin (1977 and 1979 w/ Claude Corbin; 1987–1988, 1990-1992 w/ Brett Stockton; 1994-1995 w/ Solomon Carriere; 1996–2003, 2005 w/ Jeff Kolka).

The record for most wins by a team is 9 by Serge Corbin and Jeff Kolka of Grayling (1996–2003 and 2005).

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