Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Kountdown To The Kenduskeag




Only 30 days to go!

Aislinn Sarnacki of the The Bangor Daily News interviewed Jeff Owen of Orono about the upcoming whitewater races in Maine. Lots of useful pointers here - check it out: http://bit.ly/1Emu365

PS - don't forget! You may preregister now before race day looms upon you.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

2015 Race Registration Now Open!




Woo-hoo! Spring is just around the corner and you can now preregister for the 49th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, to be held on April 18th, 2015.

Download the 2015 race registration form here.

You may also register online with Bangor Parks & Recreation (please note that you'll still have to download and return a signed registration form).

Last but not least, Bangor Parks & Recreation released this canoe race information flyer last month for anyone who needs some basic info.

Stay in touch for further race news and updates. By the way, the Bangor area has seen a decent amount of snowfall this winter (an understatement). My guess is the water could be "sporty" on race day. Should be fun!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

2014 Race Results Now Available!



Bangor Parks & Recreation released the 2014 race results today (PDF file).

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Photos From The 2014 Race



Oh boy. I couldn't catch a break this year. The shortened race course meant that I was out of luck when it came to setting up at the Shopping Cart.

I tried to set up at a few other spots along the stream but for various reasons (mostly involving high water and distance) I came up short.

So I'm sorry to report that I have no photos of the 2014 race. However, here's a list of photographers who might be able to help you out:

(Please contact these photographers directly.)

Michele Barker Photography
Ryan Saucier/SWR Photography (Flickr set)
James & Robin Ogden Photography
Whittling Fog Photography
GeorgerinNH (Flickr set)
Judy Weatherbee (Flickr set)

Also - Judy Weatherbee, Bill Knight, Anthony DelMonaco and others have posted photo galleries which are linked on the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race Facebook page.
So if you are on Facebook, do check it out!

I hope to see you next year. Until then, keep your paddle in the water.

- Mike

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Kenduskeag Lost And Found



If you lost anything during the race or if you found something that belongs to somebody else, you can try posting your info in the comments here.

Bangor Parks & Recreation may be able to help too - (207) 992-4490.

Thanks, and good luck!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

2014 Kenduskeag Shortened; Ends At Flour Mill

From the Twitter page of Bangor Dept. of Parks & Recreation:



Incoming tides and difficulties with bridges are cited as the reason for the course change.

The Flour Mill is the first mandatory portage racers encounter on the Kenduskeag (not far from
the I-95 overpass). Here is an overview map.

Update: Release from Bangor Dept. of Parks & Recreation:

ATTENTION
Kenduskeag Canoe Race Participants:
- The finish line has been moved to Valley Ave. Park at the Flour Mill portage due to the high tides which will make the bridges downtown impossible to pass under.
- MUST take out immediately after the Finish Line
- Food tent, heating tent and transportation back to Kenduskeag will all be at Valley Ave. Park
Thank you and have a fun and safe race!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Kenduskeag Roundup: Insights & Video

John Holyoke's recent "Kenduskeag Rages" post in the BDN pretty much says it all.
Compared with the runoff of recent years, it's safe to say that the Kenduskeag is raging. Truly. (Although 2007 seemed even "rage-ier" to me somehow, if that makes any sense.)

There's more.

Ray Wirth of Water Walker Sea Kayaks (Belfast, ME) paddled the Kenduskeag from Six Mile Falls to an area known as the Shopping Cart, and he shot an exciting helmet-cam video while doing so. Anyone who has (or will) sign up for the 2014 race should appreciate this.

During his stoke-worthy ride, Ray provides many insightful comments as he demonstrates what paddlers can expect on Saturday. It's an inspired way to preview some of the trickier parts of the Kenduskeag.

My own thoughts? Steer clear of strainers. Those overhanging or overreaching branches, brambles and bushes. You do not want find your boat snagged up in "the sticks" with such a forceful current. I always get a bit anxious when it comes to streams or rivers that have overflowed their banks.

Also, the mandatory portages require attention, especially Maxfield Mill. The rescue personnel will be on top of this, not to worry - and the mandatory portages are well-signed and managed. Still, if you aren't 100% sure what I'm talking about here, check out the mandatory portage points that I have mapped out on my website.

PS - I think Ray's paddle is best viewed in full screen. You can almost feel it:



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