AuSable Canoe Marathon Comes to an End
It was an exciting weekend in Grayling as canoers and fans packed the city for the AuSable River Canoe Marathon.
190 paddlers raced in teams of two for more than $50,000 in prizes.
Teams started on the road, running with their canoes to the boat launch, where all 95 teams strive to get on the water at the same time.
This is considered one of the most prestigious races in the sport –part of a series called the Triple Crown.
"Well, for us in the canoe racing sport, this is the pinnacle," explains Colin Hunter, a volunteer at the AuSable Canoe Marathon.
"It’s the longest race. It’s a non-stop race. It’s the only race in Northern Michigan –anywhere in the world– that goes overnight. So we start at 9 o’clock at night, we paddle all night long, we don’t finish until at least 14 hours, and most of us much longer than that."
A paddling duo from Michigan and Canada, Christophe Proulx and Ryan Halstead, won the race in just under 14 hours and 30 minutes.