Saturday, February 19, 2022

55th Race Now Open For Registration

(Updated 4/3/22)
The 55th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race will take place on Saturday, April 16th 2022 at 10am. You may register online and download the registration forms along with an information flyer and a general course map here.

There are a few notable changes this year as compared with previous races, so let's dive right into it:

Paddlers Can Sleep In A Bit Longer This Year
There is a 10am start time in the town of Kenduskeag due to tidal conditions on April 16th. So while this start time is 90 minutes later than usual, it will not become some kind of new standard start time going forward. (2022 is special.)

No Cap And More Choices
Last year Bangor Parks & Recreation placed an understandable cap on the number of entries permitted due to COVID-19 concerns. Only 220 boats were allowed to register, and Parks & Rec pared the number of race classes down to seven. As a result, classes filled quickly and there were many paddlers who were unable to participate in the race after the quota had been met. There is no cap in place for the 2022 race; registration is wide open and paddlers have 23 race classes to choose from this year.

What About COVID Mandates?
As of this writing there are no mask or vaccine mandates in place for the 2022 Kenduskeag. Should CDC guidelines change prior to the race, Bangor Parks & Recreation will follow all guideline changes at that time.

What About Watching The Race At Home?
WABI-TV5 (CBS) has added the 2022 Kenduskeag to their programming schedule! Coverage is slated to begin at 12:30pm on Saturday, April 16th and continue until 2:30pm. It's been two years since Mainers have seen this race live on local TV, so this is good news indeed!

Price Jump Per Paddler
2022 also sees a different pricing structure with higher registration costs per paddler across the board, and the registration fee sharply increases a week before the race. 

Truly, this is a year to register early if there ever was one:

Fee per paddler if registered by April 7th: $45.
Fee per paddler if registered April 8th to April 14th: $60.
Fee per paddler if you register on April 15th or on the morning of race day: $75.

(Note that you cannot register online after April 14th and only cash/checks are accepted on race day).

I've always encouraged paddlers to register as early as possible and I know the folks at Bangor Parks & Recreation prefer early registrations as well. It's pretty simple: registering early saves you time and money as well as last-minute headaches for Parks & Rec.

That’s it for now but there’s more to come.  See you!

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Photos From The 54th Kenduskeag - 4/17/21

Here is a list of photographers (with links to their galleries) who captured images at the 54th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race on April 17th, 2021.

Contact me if you are a photographer who attended the race and would like to be added to this list.

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Whittling Fog Photography - (Six Mile Falls)

Orwin SantaCruz - (Facebook album)

Seth Pops Photography - (Facebook album)

Bangor Parks and Recreation
- (Facebook set)

Judy Weatherbee / Digital Cobwebs

Bangor Daily News - (assorted photographers)

Bill Knight Photography - (Facebook album)

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Final Race Results By Class

Final results for the 54th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race (4/17/21)

Congratulations to Ben Randall of Sabbatus, Maine!

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