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AuSable River Canoe Marathon – Photos

Known by its legions of die-hard fans simply as “The Marathon”, this event is one of the original ultra-endurance events in North America. The Marathon is also the middle leg of the Triple Crown of Canoe Racing. New York’s General Clinton Canoe Regatta, staged Memorial Day, and Quebec’s Classique internationale de canots de la Mauricie, staged over the U.S. Labor Day weekend complete the Triple Crown circuit.

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AuSable River Canoe Marathon – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)
 

The results of the 2019 Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon are now official.

In addition to the 97 paddlers that set personal best finish times, and the 78 paddlers that tied or set personal best finish positions, here are the Records that I have found thus far that were tied or broken this year:

Number of Female Paddlers to Start: 37 
Number of Female Paddlers to Finish: 34
Number of Women’s Division Teams to Start: 9
Number of Women’s Division Teams to Finish: 8
Number of Non-Michigan Paddlers: 100
Number of competitors from Texas: 13
Number of competitors from Minnesota: 15
Number of competitors from Massachusetts: 9 (Ties Record)
Number of competitors from Australia: 2 (Ties Record)

Women’s Division Speed Phase Sprint Record: 2:12 – Rebecca Davis & Edith MacHattie
Women’s Division Loud Dam Split Time: 11:01:45 – Rebecca Davis & Edith MacHattie 
Women’s Division Five Channels Dam Split Time: 11:27:49 – Rebecca Davis & Edith MacHattie 
Women’s Division Cooke Dam Split Time: 12:31:08 – Rebecca Davis & Edith MacHattie
Women’s Division Foote Dam Split Time: 13:47:57 – Rebecca Davis & Edith MacHattie
Women’s Division Oscoda Split Time: 15:15:36 – Rebecca Davis & Edith MacHattie
Women’s Division McMasters Bridge Point-to-Point Time: 1:00:57 – Rebecca Davis & Edith MacHattie
Women’s Division Loud Dam Point-to-Point Time: 1:55:51 – Rebecca Davis & Edith MacHattie 

Mixed Division 4001 Bridge Point-to-Point Time: 0:52:47 – Richard Lauth & Mary Schlimmer

Masters Division Camp Ten Bridge Point-to-Point Time: 1:03:58 – Andrew Triebold & Steve Lajoie
Masters Division Loud Dam Point-to-Point Time: 1:48:44 – Andrew Triebold & Steve Lajoie
Masters Division Foote Dam Point-to-Point Time: 1:11:25 – Andrew Triebold & Steve Lajoie

Most Sub 15-Hour Finishes: 17 – Andrew Triebold (Ties Record)
Consecutive Sub 15-Hour Finishes: 17 – Andrew Triebold
Most Total Finishes: 38 – Lynne Witte
Most Pro Finishes: 34 – Lynne Witte (Ties Record)
Consecutive Finishes: 21 – Mike Garon
Most Starts without a DNF: 25 – Mike Garon
Most Team Wins: 11 – Andrew Triebold & Steve Lajoie
Most Consecutive Starts: 40 – Lynne Witte
Oldest Team to Start: 151 combined years – Gary Aprea & Nick Lyesiuk
Oldest Team to Finish: 151 combined years – Gary Aprea & Nick Lyesiuk

Fastest New York Paddler: 14:25:57 – Shane MacDowell
Fastest Ohio Paddler: 14:43:45 – Wesley Dean
Fastest Texas Paddler: 14:21:18 – Chris Issendorf
Fastest Ontario Team: 16:15:14 – Chris Prater & Oliver McMillan

18th Place Record – 15:21:11 – Charles Darchen & Jon Webb
19th Place Record – 15:23:36 – Rod McLain & Andy Hall
56th Place Record – 16:52:55 – Phil Armstrong & Pam Fitzgerald

Most Finishes for an Oscoda Paddler: 15 – Rodney Matthews

Age Records – Pro Division
23 – Samuel Frigon – 14:20:13
28 – Mike Davis – 14:25:57
43 – Andrew Triebold & Steve Lajoie – 14:15:34
46 – Nick Walton – 14:48:48
58 – Normand Mainguy – 14:57:53
59 – Jon Webb – 15:21:11

Age Records – Male Mixed
42 – Shawn Spallinger – 16:11:00
46 – Rich Lauth – 15:06:18
62 – Greg Zophy – 16:21:41

Age Records – Women’s Division
29 – Rebecca Davis – 15:15:36
36 – Shannon Issendorf & Mollie Binion – 17:27:38
39 – Holly Reynolds – 15:44:15
45 – Edith MacHattie – 15:15:36
59 – Gloria Wesley – 15:44:15
65 – Lynne Witte – 17:24:53

Age Records – Female Mixed
28 – Mary Schlimmer – 15:06:18
31 – Sarah Lessard – 15:31:43
59 – Jaya Elleson – 16:48:50
A few legends of the Marathon Committee: Phil Weiler, Andy Moore, Joe Wakeley, and John Cherven. Together these four have been on the committee for over 125 years!! 

A HUGE thank you for everything you do for the Marathon year after year! This race wouldn't be the same without you.
Team # 99 of Tommy Cramer and Karen Pleasant want to give a huge THANK YOU to two Michigan paddlers who helped them after the Spikes Challenge on Sunday. Halfway through the race they hit a fish hide and put a hole in their canoe. Jon Webb looked at the damage and promptly loaded the canoe onto his car to take home and repair for them. On hearing what happened, Lynne Witte immediately offered them to the use one of her boats for the next few days. 

“People often ask us why we travel so far to do this race - the kindness, generosity, and support we always receive here is a big reason why. Thank you again Jon and Lynne!” -Tommy and Karen 

We love our paddling community!
Congratulations to Andy Triebold and Steve Lajoie for taking first place in the 2019 Consumers Energy Dash for Cash presented by Gilbert's Drug and Butterson Construction. 

Below is a picture of the top four places in this single elimination, sprint-style race. 

For a full look at the bracket, click on the following link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vS4cJB15ReW-tTmaglAYtVFLpAtbeGvCZ-Pe8-PVdjG93w5VA1P1gAGAdF3m7WKUZHxSiqaW_u29OAk/pubhtml?gid=185819801&fbclid=IwAR3sguSzxNje7Fih_ZjrQ0GN5x6QO_0EScqbKa_bhag7zrlWloCYh18rrkk
For those following the race this weekend who would like some coffee or a bite to eat in Mio before the canoes arrive at Mio Dam: the Daily Grind in Mio will be open from midnight to 3:00 A.M. during race morning on Sunday.

Directions to the Daily Grind from the dam: head south of town about three miles and it is located on the right-hand side, next to Mio Auto Parts and the Car Wash.

The Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon
Since 1947 ~ Experience the Tradition!
#HupAllNight
Today is the 2019 Consumers Energy Dash for Cash presented by Gilbert's Drug and Butterson Construction. 

Dash for Cash is a 64-team bracket-style, single elimination event to be held in Oscoda. Teams will be competing for a part of a $5,400 prize pool! Sprints are scheduled to start at 5:30pm and will be held in approx. 2-3 minute intervals until a champion is crowned.

Check-in and registration for the Da$h for Ca$h will be held at the AuSable Inn from 3:00pm until 5:15pm. Teams will be positioned on the bracket via random draw at 5:15pm. Only the first 64-teams to sign up for the Da$h For Ca$h will be allowed to compete.

There is no entry fee for the Marathon-registered paddler and a $20 entry fee for the non-Marathon-registered paddler.

Click on the following link for access to the bracket to keep track of how the teams are doing. Barring technical difficulties, the results will be posted live: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vS4cJB15ReW-tTmaglAYtVFLpAtbeGvCZ-Pe8-PVdjG93w5VA1P1gAGAdF3m7WKUZHxSiqaW_u29OAk/pubhtml?gid=185819801
"The AuSable River Canoe Marathon Has Diehard Paddlers … and Feeders"

Check out this wonderful Consumers Energy AuSable Canoe Marathon MyNorth.com article  by Kandace Chapple.

" 'Of course I’ve heard of a canoe marathon!' said no one, ever.

"This is my life. I am deep in the underworld of canoe racing. Few people have heard of it, fewer have done what I do each July—wade into the AuSable River in the dead of the night to drop food and drink into a canoe splitting through the water in a chase for the finish some 120 miles away.

"The setup is this: The two-man canoes enter the water at 9 p.m. on a Saturday night. They paddle all night nonstop into Sunday afternoon for 15 to 16 hours from Grayling to Oscoda, Michigan.

“Feeders” do this: We meet our team every two hours along the way and do a feed. This means handing them a jug with a long tube that they can drink from while they paddle, along with a container of food (fruit, energy gel, sandwich) that they tuck inside their canoe." (more)

Read Kandace's full article here> www.mynorth.com/2019/07/ausable-river-canoe-marathon/

The countdown is on to the 72nd Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon, July 27-28. Since 1947, One of the greatest canoe races on Earth!

#HupAllNight @AuSableMarathon #GraylingtoOscoda #Marathon #ARCM #Paddle #Canoe #TripleCrownofCanoeRacing #ConsumersEnergy #AuSableRiver

(Photo by Jeff Caverly. Kandace Chapple is a freelance writer and co-publisher of Grand Traverse Woman magazine. // Jeff Caverly is a nature, wedding, event and editorial photographer from Essexville, Michigan. )
Who's following the race all night?! Here's a great tool to track approximately what time the leaders should be arriving to the various timing locations throughout the night. #4days

#HupAllNight #GraylingtoOscoda #Marathon #ARCM #Paddle #Canoe #TripleCrownofCanoeRacing #ConsumersEnergy #AuSableRiver
Have you ever wondered what the prize payout for the AuSable River Canoe Marathon is? Here is the break down including all the bonuses. 

The paddlers receive their checks on Sunday at the awards banquet in Oscoda. 

These amounts are subject to change year to year depending on sponsorship. 

#HupAllNight #GraylingtoOscoda #Marathon #ARCM #Paddle #Canoe #TripleCrownofCanoeRacing #ConsumersEnergy #AuSableRiver

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AuSable River Canoe Marathon – Photos From Instagram

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