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2018 Ausable Canoe Marathon

Post by LooseGoose on 2017-08-06, 15:12

aka - the year the Swill sponsors a boat

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The Facebook Event Page for the 2018 AuSable Canoe Marathon has been created here>… https://www.instagram.com/p/BXdnq-LlFRi/

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Post by LooseGoose on 2017-08-14, 11:00

We need to begin raising $$ now to support a Michigan State Swill team in the 2018 marathon. I'm going to offer a series of priceless items in auctions to raise funds, please bid early and often.

Item #1 in the Canoe marathon auction:
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Post by LooseGoose on 2018-01-17, 18:46

I missed this - RIP to the greatest canoe racer of all.....and the most beloved....a hard combination. You always knew when Al was coming through in the race, the crowds would go wild for him.

Loss Of A Legend: AuSable River Canoe Marathon Icon ‘Amazing’ Al Widing Sr. Passes Away At The Age Of 92



Al Widing Sr. of Mio, an AuSable River Canoe Marathon icon, the record holder for both most starts in AuSable Marathon history and oldest finisher, and perhaps the event’s most popular paddler of all time, passed away last week. He was 92 years old.
“He set an example for all of us,” said Steve Southard of the AuSable River Canoe Marathon Committee. “The folks that took the time to know him, so quiet, so modest, so good with kids, so good with people in general. What a love for the Marathon, what a love for the river.”
Widing was beloved by Marathon fans. He is known for his unprecedented Marathon longevity; Widing is the current record holder for most total AuSable River Canoe Marathon starts with 41, oldest paddler to start the Marathon (age 89), and oldest paddler to finish the race (age 87), according to AuSable Marathon records.
“I was always impressed with Al’s quiet strength and humility,” said Marcia Koppa, a Marathon volunteer. “He was a competitor, no doubt about that. One with a big heart. He could walk out of his canoe at the end of the race and give one the impression that he was ready to paddle back upstream.”
Widing’s last AuSable River Canoe Marathon was in 2014; he raced with his son, Al Widing Jr. Widing Sr. was 89 years old at the time. His most recent AuSable Marathon finish was in 2012 (with Hailey McMahon); he was 87.
It was normal for Widing to get the loudest cheers at pre-race paddler introductions and at a variety of viewing locations throughout the AuSable Marathon.


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Post by LooseGoose on 2018-01-17, 19:13

gHost Spartan wrote:How much do we need to throw in?

Let me check with Holly and see if she's racing this year. If she is I'll see what it would take to sponsor at least part of her boat....

https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-reynolds-ab036915
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Post by Senior Dickfist on 2018-01-17, 19:19

Al sounds like he was a fierce competitor and an all around great dude. Sad to hear of his passing.

I've canoed various sections of the Au Sable multiple times. I just remember being in a canoe with my brother, myself and my German Shepherd along with camping gear and 3 days worth of beer and food. We chugged down the river like a meandering barge while getting at an insane pace by folks practicing for the race. It was amazing how fast they moved down the river.
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Re: 2018 Ausable Canoe Marathon

Post by LooseGoose on 2018-02-20, 12:27

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AuSable Marathon FansYou only have until 5PM TODAY - February 20 - to VOTE! Vote here> http://bestof.mynorth.com

The AuSable Canoe Marathon has received an Official Nomination in the Endurance Event category of Traverse Magazine & http://MyNorth.com ’s Red Hot Best of 2018!!!
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2018-02-20, 12:30

seems like a lot of work.

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Post by LooseGoose on 2018-03-05, 08:41

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Since 1947, One of the Greatest Canoe Races on Earth! The @2018 AuSable River Canoe Marathon, Presented by Consumers Energy, is upcoming July 28-29, 2018.

More than 50,000 fans cheer on teams competing in North America's premier ultra-endurance canoe ma…
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Post by The Pantry on 2018-04-10, 18:13

This is brilliant

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Post by LooseGoose on 2018-04-10, 18:51

The Pantry wrote:This is brilliant


lol, unless you're racing. For the normal river day it's a good rig.
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Post by LooseGoose on 2018-05-04, 16:33

I believe someone brought this up in another canoe thread but can't find it.

The Hatchery got their DEQ permit.

DEQ gives Au Sable River trout farm expansion permit
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