Racing the Au Sable Canoe Marathon, July 2016

Have you ever wondered what happens to your body, what goes through your head, and how a race that is 120 miles long unfolds? Trevor Robinson has been kind enough to provide us with just that information. A greatly entertaining account of his and partner Edith MacHattie’s, Au Sable Canoe Marathon experience from 2016. If when you read this you have desire to learn more, get out in one of these boats or learn about paddling please contact the Saskatoon Canoe Club and/ or Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan for more information.     As the sun approached the horizon, the shadows were beginning to lengthen.  It was almost 9pm and 95 Marathon C2’s sat on the pavement.   190 competitors were breathing nervously, attempting to make lighthearted chit chat with their competitors, as they anxiously waited to start their 120-mile adventure.  An adventure that would take 14 – 19 hours, nonstop paddling, and portaging, down the Au Sable River in Michigan, USA.   The canoes were lined up on the asphalt in 19 rows of 5 canoes across. The first row of canoes was two and a half blocks from the river.  Our 17th place sprint time seeded us in the 4th row, and in our opinion a good position.  Glancing behind us the rows of canoes disappeared out of sight.  The last row was a couple blocks further behind us.  We were thankful that we hadn’t gone swimming during the sprint when we got washed into the turning buoy, or that’s where we would have been.     The gun went off and the road exploded into a frenzy of...