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:

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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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TV Coverage Of The 2014 Kenduskeag

WABI-TV5 (CBS) in Bangor is delivering Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race goodness right into your home from the bridge overlooking Six Mile Falls.

Coverage is from 10am to Noon.

The race begins at 8:30am on Saturday, April 19th.
(The first paddlers usually arrive at Six Mile Falls around 10am-ish.)

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Souadabscook A Preview Of Things To Come?

WABI posted this video from their evening news about last Saturday's Souadabscook Stream canoe race in Hampden.

The water is pretty high and pretty fast. A full stream report will be posted here on Thursday afternoon, so be sure to check back!

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