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It is a sure bet that fans of the 2016 AuSable River Canoe Marathon, presented by Consumers Energy, are going to be treated to some great racing action! The nine-time reigning Champs (2004 & 2008-2015) – Michigan’s Andy Triebold and Quebec’s Steve Lajoie - will not be defending their crown together as a team. With the reigning championship pair not teamed together this year, race observers anticipate a pitched battle for the win! Champ Andy Triebold is teamed with an AuSable Canoe Marathon rookie competitor – Jacob DuBois, of Houston, Texas. Though he has not competed in the Marathon, DuBois is known as a very fast paddler and it is anticipated that Triebold-DuBois, in the familiar canoe #01, will be among the teams vying for the victory. The other half of the reigning Championship team – Quebec’s Steve Lajoie – had not registered as of press time. The final cut-off for entry registration is noon on Monday, July 25. The 2015 Champs of the Triple Crown of Canoe Racing - Mathieu Pellerin & Guillaume Blais, both of Quebec – finished 2nd in their first AuSable Marathon in 2015 and will be making a strong bid for their first victory in 2016 in canoe #20. Michigan’s Ryan Halstead and Quebec’s Christophe Proulx have both finished 2nd at the AuSable Marathon, teamed with other paddlers. In canoe #02, they will be strong contenders to notch their first victory. Nick Walton, who also has a Marathon 2nd place finish to his credit, and fellow Michigander Tad Hill, with a Marathon-best 5th place finish, are anticipated to be in the lead-pack in canoe #13. Other teams that may challenge for the victory include brothers Michael and Ben

Racing Action Gets Underway Tuesday, 26 AuSable Canoe Marathon Week, kicks off in Oscoda at 3 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, July 26 with the Consumers Energy $5,000 Da$h for Ca$h. The Da$h for Ca$h is a 64-team bracket-style, single elimination, "drag-racing" event to be held at the Finish Line in Oscoda. Teams will be competing for a part of a $5,000 prize pool, and every team that competes will receive a cash prize. Sprints are scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in approx. 2-3 minute intervals until a champion is crowned. Action continues Wednesday through Friday in Grayling at the Time Trial Sprints for starting position. Much like Indy or NASCAR qualifying, each team sprints a looped course, with their sprint time determining their starting position in the lineup for the Saturday night’s 9 p.m. thrilling LeMans-style run the river that starts the main event. New this year, the teams will sprint upstream from Penrod’s Canoe Livery and Resort (at the Maple Street Bridge) to turn a buoy in the river – between the Old AuSable Fly Shop and the State Police Crime Lab – then race downstream to the finish line at Penrod’s. The new buoy-turn location, adjacent to the Business Loop in the heart of Grayling, will provide a fabulous new viewing location for the fans; bleachers will be available at the buoy turn location. The Time Trials take place Wednesday, 3-6 p.m.; Thursday 3-8 p.m.; and Friday 2-4:30 p.m. On Thursday, the Crawford AuSable Soccer Associa-

Schlimmer, from New York in canoe #98, and, a WesternCanada pairing, Saskatchewan’s Mike Vincent and British Columbia’s Graham Smith, in canoe #91.

The Big Event Fans will start gathering on the riverbank where the teams enter the river well in advance of the start of the race; the best viewing spots always get taken early! A band appearing courtesy of the Marathon’s Official Flagship Radio Station – 98.5 UPS – is providing early Classic Hits entertainment Saturday afternoon for early-arriving race fans. The Official Pre-Race Program kicks off at 6 p.m., leading up to the Marathon’s unique and spine-tingling running-start at 9 p.m. as the teams run with their canoes several blocks through the streets of Grayling to begin their 120-mile non-stop overnight epic race to the Finish Line in Oscoda. Following the start of the race, thousands of fans will

tion will be on hand with a food concession at the buoy turn viewing location. Come out and enjoy the action!

A New Event Sunday Morning– Rabaska Canoe Racing Voyager canoes, known in Quebec as Rabaska, are very large “freighter canoes” generally about 25 feet long, originally utilized in the upper Great Lakes region by traders and settlers as early as the 1600’s. Beginning more than 30 years ago, Rabaska racing has become a fixture on the StMaurice River in Quebec, the setting for la Classique Internationale de canots de la Mauricie – The Classic – the ► See FANS THRILLED on page23

travel to public access points, bridges and dam portages to cheer on the teams as they battle through the night and into Sunday. The winning team is expected to reach the Oscoda Finish Line between 11-11:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Teams must finish the Marathon within 19 hours – by 4 p.m. – to be recognized as Official Finishers.

The thrilling start of the Marathon is one of the most exciting spectacles in sports. Brian Connon photo

Fans Will Be Thrilled at the 2016 AuSable Marathon

2016 Spectator Guide

Presented by

CANOE MARATHON

69th AuSable River


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Paddler #1: David Phelps, 29 - Grand Blanc, MI

Paddler #1: Christophe Proulx, 21 - Shawinigan, Quebec

Occupation: Metal Model Maker for GM # Started: 5 Best Finish: 13th Most Recent: 2012 Attracted to the Marathon by: I grew up attending canoe races with my grandpar-

Occupation: Car Salesman

ents and uncle. I always knew I wanted to race. Most memorable Marathon experience: Paddling up stream in the fog with my grandfather in my 2nd Marathon, 2004.

Paddler #2: Janet Bradford, 72 - Lapeer, MI Occupation: Retired Dr. Receptionist # Started: 3 Best Finish: 56th Most Recent: 2011 Attracted to the Marathon by: I was a feeder for my son and husband for several

years starting 1982 and decided it would be more fun to paddle. Most memorable Marathon experience: My first Marathon that I did in 2010 completing in 17:19:11, faster than we planned and hearing the music and crowd at the finish line.

# Started: 3

Attracted to the Marathon by: The thrill of to paddle all night long. Most memorable Marathon experience: Coming through the finish line for the first

time in 2013.

Paddler #2: Rayan Halstead, 29 - Grayling, MI Occupation: Furnace repairman # Started: 13 Best Finish: 2nd Most Recent: 2015 Attracted to the Marathon by: The prettiness of the river… Most memorable Marathon experience: Paddling with Ken Kolonich last year.

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Paddler #1: Andrew Triebold, 40 - Grayling, MI Occupation: OSB Manufacturer

# Started: 15 Best Finish: 1st

Paddler #1: Tim Chapple, 42 - Interlochen, MI Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: My dad raced many times. Most memorable Marathon experience: Winning in 2004.

part time canoe racer

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Occupation: Builder

# Started: 9

Best Finish: 13th Most Recent: 2014

Attracted to the Marathon by: I started as a feeder and got hooked! Most memorable Marathon experience: The year I clubbed in the head by a sweeper

and finished with a concussion. My wife is still mad.

Paddler #2: Jacob DuBois, 30 - Houston, TX Occupation: Full time Dad,

Best Finish: 2nd Most Recent: 2015

Most Recent: N/A

Paddler #2: Gabriel La Rose, 20 - Shawinigan, Quebec Occupation: Study at Univ. Laval # Started: 0

Best Finish: -

Most Recent: -

Attracted to the Marathon by: Helping my dad with some of this previous

Attracted to the Marathon by: The possiblity to compete in the Marathon with a

Most memorable Marathon experience: Running with the races at Mio Dam.

Most memorable Marathon experience:

Marathons.

great and experienced paddler.

At the recent AuSable Marathon safety-planning meeting inMio, Michigan, Consumers Energy Community Representative Jay Jacobs (R, with check) presents the company's $30,000 support of the Marathon to AuSable Marathon Committee representatives Cheryl Lucey (L, with check) and Justin Griffith (C). Representatives of law enforcement agencies, EMS, road commissions, Consumers Energy and the Marathon attended the safety-planning meeting.

Consumers Energy strongly supports canoe marathon Consumers Energy - the Presenting Sponsor of the 2016 AuSable River Canoe Marathon - presented the Marathon organizing committee with their $30,000 investment in support of the 69th AuSable Marathon at the recent safety-planning meeting in Mio. AuSable Marathon Oscoda sub-committee Vice-Chair Justin Griffith commented, "Throughout the 68-year history of the AuSable Marathon, Consumers Energy has been a key partner in staging the race, readily making their six

hydroelectric-dam portages available to the competitors and the fans. In recent years, their financial support has been a key factor in the continuing growth and improvement of this world-class event." Community Representative Jay Jacobs presented the sponsorship check to Griffith and AuSable Marathon Grayling sub-committee Chairman Cheryl Lucey. Jacobs commented, "Consumers Energy is proud to continue our 69 year tradition of supporting the AuSable River Canoe Marathon. We have stepped up our ef-

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forts and become the Presenting Sponsor in an effort to showcase our stewardship of the the environment, the wildlife, and the recreational opportunities that the most beautiful, cold, freshwater river in North America can provide." He continued, "We supply a safe atmosphere for the race competitors along the entire length of the river, by doing hundreds of hours of preparations at our facilities so that the contestants, their support teams, and spectators have an extraordinary experience. Please come out

and support these world-class athletes as they participate in one of the world's most grueling, and physically demanding events." On behalf of the organizing committee, the competitors, fans and the communities of the AuSable River Valley, "Our sincere thanks to Consumers Energy for their support in making this fantastic event a reality. Since 1947, One of the Greatest Canoe Races on Earth!"


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98.5 WUPS Radio Station Mickael St-eye Inc Paddler #1: Tyler Sika, 29 - Traverse City, MI

Paddler #1: Tommy Pellerin, 28 - Lavaltrie, Quebec

Occupation: Cabinet Maker

Occupation: Fire Fighter # Started: 2 Best Finish: 8th Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge. Most memorable Marathon experience: My first finish.

# Started: 3

Best Finish: 45th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge. Most memorable Marathon experience:

Paddler #2: Jimmy Pellerin, 24 - Saint Boniface, Quebec

Paddler #2: Rick Sika, 53 - Traverse City, MI Occupation: Parts Dept. at Fox Motors

# Started: 5

Most Recent: 2014

Best Finish: 45th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge of paddling at night without hitting

Occupation: Physical Education Teacher # Started: 1 Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge. Most memorable Marathon experience:

Best Finish: DNF Most Recent: 2015

anything.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing the Marathon with my son.

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Paul Olson, Municipal Underwriter's Hart Dealerships Paddler #1: Eric Batway, 53 - Grayling, MI

Paddler #1: Shane McDowell, 29 - Marquette, MI Occupation: Nordic Ski Coach

# Started: 2

Best Finish: 4th

Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The 120 miles. Most memorable Marathon experience: Paddling next to Wes& Zac in the 2015

forward to trying it myself for the challenge it presents both physical and mental. Most memorable Marathon experience: Competing with Chris Kucharek in 2013 & 2015 watching out improvement. Also seeing the Park sisters 5 hour sprint ending the 2013 Marathon setting some split records‌they were amazing paddlers!

Marathon.

Paddler #2: Peter Mead, 36 - Traverse City, MI Occupation: Teacher

# Started: 16 Best Finish: 5th

Occupation: Retired Air Force Colonel (27 yrs.) # Started: 2 Best Finish: 24th Most Recent: 2015 Attracted to the Marathon by: Watching it as a kid growing up in Grayling and looking

Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Growing up in Grayling Most memorable Marathon experience: Reaching the finish line.

Paddler #2: Doug Gillin, 27 - Adrian, MI Occupation: Self-employed carpenter # Started: 7 Best Finish: 13th Most Recent: 2013 Attracted to the Marathon by: The physical challenge. Most memorable Marathon experience: Portaging across the top of Mio Dam in 2013

with Bruce Barton running alongside asking us if we knew we were setting split time records.

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Dubois Lumber Crane Technologies Paddler #1: Nick Walton, 43 - Eaton Rapids, MI

Paddler #1: Don Brooks, 48 - Beaverton, MI Occupation: Retired cop

# Started: 9

Best Finish: 9th

Most Recent: 2015

Occupation: Union Pipefitter

# Started: 11 Best Finish: 2nd Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Watching it while growing up. Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing 2nd in 2013.

Attracted to the Marathon by: Growing up in Grayling and watching the

Stockton's paddle.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Too many to choose just one. Receiving help

from a competitor!

Paddler #2: Tad Hill, 38 - Livonia, MI Occupation: Engineer

Paddler #2: Al Widing Jr., 64 - Linden, MI Occupation: Builder

# Started: 9

Best Finish: 9th

Most Recent: 2014

Attracted to the Marathon by: My Dad! Most memorable Marathon experience: The Marathon race and finish 25 years ago.

# Started: 13 Best Finish: 5th

Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: It gives me something to train for. Most memorable Marathon experience: I don't remember any of it!

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Lighthouse Title Popity-Popcorn LLC Paddler #1: Joe Leusby, 32 - Roscommon, MI

Paddler #1: Wes Dean, 21 - Grayling, MI

Occupation:

Occupation: Neuro Surgeon

# Started: 9

Best Finish: 25th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Growing up in the area. The competition. The pain. Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing

# Started: 5

Best Finish: 22nd Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Winning the Casey Challenge with paddling legend

Levi Korneli.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing my first Marathon with my brother

Spencer in 2011.

Paddler #2: Mike Hale, 32 - Grayling, MI Occupation: Driver for Milan Supply

# Started: 1

Best Finish: 30th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Growing up in Grayling and watching it every

Occupation: Retired

single year.

Most memorable Marathon experience: The feeling of accomplishing something I

wanted to finish my whole life. When the race was finished last year.

Paddler #2: Bill Torongo, 55 - Roscommon, MI # Started: 31 Best Finish: 2nd Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The competition. Most memorable Marathon experience: I can't pick one.

#HupAllNight


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Centre de Conditionnement Physique L'Oxpgene Grayling Promotional Association Paddler #1: Rock Page, 51 - Mont-Laurier, Quebec Occupation: Administrator

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Paddler #1: Bradley Thompson, 26 - Frankenmuth, MI Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: It's the only race I have never done. Most memorable Marathon experience: First time I race the Maurice race.

Paddler #2: Ginette Tourangeau, 52 - Mont-Laurier, Quebec Occupation: Financial Planner for Desjardins # Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Walker, Fluke and Sheldon, CPA's Frankenmuth Fire Department

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: To surpass myself. Most memorable Marathon experience: First time I race the Maurice race.

Occupation: Engineer # Started: 1 Best Finish: 69th Most Recent: 2015 Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge and endurance aspect of the race. Most memorable Marathon experience: Paddling last year and running into fog after

Mio. We could not see which way the river turned and I asked Erin if she knew. All the sudden a voice in the fog said, "It goes right."

Paddler #2: Erin Thompson, 27 - Frankenmuth, MI Occupation: CPA- Tax Accountant # Started: 1 Best Finish: 69th Most Recent: 2015 Attracted to the Marathon by: Watching it all my life and always joking I would do

the Marathon. Brad and I met Chuck Hewitt who let us paddle his C-2 for the first time and we were hooked. Most memorable Marathon experience: Brad and I finishing our first Marathon last year a month before we got married.

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Paddler #1: Naomi Kolka, 20 - Grayling, MI

Paddler #1: Mathieu Pellerin, 26 - Shawninigan, Quebec

Occupation: College Student/Penrod's employee # Started: 2

Occupation: Physical Education Teacher # Started: 1

Best Finish: 61st Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Listening to my grandpa's paddling stories and

watching my Uncle Ted and Uncle Jeff race. Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing m very first Marathon in the middle of a huge thunderstorm.

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge. Most memorable Marathon experience: Working with Ben and Mike Schlimmer

during the race.

Paddler #2: Guillaume Blais, 31 - St. Boniface, Quebec

Paddler #2: Ted Kolka, 55 - Grayling, MI Occupation:

Best Finish: 2nd Most Recent: 2015

# Started: 17 Best Finish: 3rd

Most Recent: 2007

Attracted to the Marathon by: From looking up to my dad, to my niece looking

up to me.

Occupation: Engineer

# Started: 1

Best Finish: 2nd Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge. Most memorable Marathon experience:

Most memorable Marathon experience: 2016 Marathon racing with my niece.

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Dr's Brausa and Bacikof Ankle and Foot Associates Kentwood Physical Therapy

Paddler #1: Darin Nicholas, 19 - Grayling, MI Occupation: Student at Saginaw Valley # Started: 0

Best Finish: -

Paddler #1: Brandon Gerardy, 36 - Hudsonville, MI Most Recent: -

Occupation: Physical Therapy

# Started: 5

Best Finish: 43rd Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Living in Grayling and following it every year. Most memorable Marathon experience: Following it the whole way with friends.

Attracted to the Marathon by: The excitement of overnight canoe racing. Most memorable Marathon experience: Seeing Mio during my first Marathon in 2008.

Paddler #2: Chris Scully, 56 - Lincoln, MI

Paddler #2: Stephen Leppard, 42 - Kalamazoo, MI

Occupation: Owner/Operator Water Works Most Recent: 2015

# Started: 12

Best Finish: 32nd

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SCG Consulting Fick and Sons of Grayling Paddler #1: Chris Issendorf, 35 - Dripping Spring, TX # Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: The competition. Most memorable Marathon experience:

Paddler #2: Clay Wyatt, 33 - Martindale, TX Occupation: Lumber Sales

# Started: 1

Best Finish: 20th Most Recent: 2014

Attracted to the Marathon by: The chance to paddle with some of the best canoe

racers in North America.

Most memorable Marathon experience:

# Started: 5

Attracted to the Marathon by: Most memorable Marathon experience:

Attracted to the Marathon by: Competitiveness Most memorable Marathon experience: Eagles and Rainbows

Occupation: Brick Paver

Occupation:

Best Finish: 43rd Most Recent: 2015


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2016 AuSable River Festival & Canoe Marathon Schedule JULY 23 - 31, 2016 IN GRAYLING

Saturday, July 23rd Sprints for C-2 Race in Grayling City Park, 9:00 a.m. Meet the Artists Day at Main Branch Gallery, 10:00 a.m.-4:00p.m. AuSable Dance Boosters Duck Race in Grayling City Park, approximately 1:30p.m. (following sprints) AuSable Dance Boosters Concessions under City Park Pavilion during Sprints/Duck Race Kid’s Mentor Race in Grayling City Park, 2:00 p.m. Start of C-2 Youth Race at Joe Wakeley’s House (going to Burton’s Landing), 5:30 p.m. Start of C-1 Race at Joe Wakeley’s House (going to Burton’s Landing), 6:00 p.m. Sunday, July 24th Spike’s Challenge Race at Old AuSable Fly Shop, 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 26th Kid’s Day in Grayling City Park, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Rock & Rest at Grayling Nature Center (City Park), 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Da$h for Ca$h Sprints in Oscoda, 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 27th Time Trials for AuSable River Canoe Marathon at Penrod’s Canoe Livery, 3:00–6:00 p.m. H.U.P. (“Hurry Up & Paddle”) Race in Grayling City Park, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28th Marathon Coffee Break at FirstMerit Bank, 9:00–11:00 a.m. Time Trials for AuSable River Canoe Marathon at Penrod’s Canoe Livery, 3:00–8:00 p.m.

Business Relay Races at Penrod’s Canoe Livery, 4:30–8:00 p.m. AuSable River C-1 Express Race at Penrod’s Canoe Livery (goes to Burton’s Landing), 7:15 p.m. Friday, July 29th Arts & Crafts Show in Grayling City Park, 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. Rock & Rest at Grayling Nature Center (City Park), 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Grayling Eagles #3465 Steak Out (4-7 p.m.), Live Music (7 p.m.), and Beer Tent (11 a.m.-Close) at Grayling Eagles’ Club Time Trials for AuSable River Canoe Marathon at Penrod’s Canoe Livery, 2:00–4:30 p.m. Special Olympics’ Canoe Races at Penrod’s Canoe Livery, 2:45 p.m. 6th Annual Cruise Night at Northstar Auto Wash, 6:30 p.m. Paddler’s Pre-Race Briefing at R a.m.ada Inn of Grayling, 5:30 p.m. Paddler’s Dinner at R a.m.ada Inn of Grayling (OPEN TO PUBLIC), immediately following the briefing (approx 7 p.m.) Saturday, July 30th Chris Cakes F a.m.ous Flapjack Breakfast at Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church, 7:00-11:00 a.m. 31st Annual Classic Car Show on Michigan Ave, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (Registration 6–8 a.m., Trophies 2 p.m.) GRA’s 5K, 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run–starts at Hanson Hills Recreation Area (new location during construction), 9:00 a.m. (Registration 7:30–8:30 a.m.) Arts & Crafts Show at Grayling City Park, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Food Court on Michigan Avenue, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Q100.3 Michigan Music Uncovered Showcase, Michigan Avenue (in front of Shoppenagons), Noon–6:00 p.m. Grayling Eagles Horseshoe Tourn a.m.ent (10 a.m.), Breakfast Burritos/Burgers/Dogs (11 a.m.-6 p.m.), Beer Tent/ Music (11 a.m.–Close) at Eagles’ Club Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church’s Ice Cre a.m. Social, Noon–4:00 p.m. Beer Tent & Food at Grayling a.m.erican Legion, Noon–10:00 p.m. AuSable River Festival Parade, 3:00 p.m. (NEW ROUTE– Attendees line up along Lake St. - Visit www.q100-fm.com for new parade route) 4th Annual Arctic Glacier Mini-Marathon Youth Canoe Race at Old AuSable Fly Shop, 4:00 p.m. Pre-Race Progr a.m. at Old AuSable Fly Shop, 6:00 p.m. Introduction of Paddlers at Old AuSable Fly Shop, 7:00 p.m. Posting of the Colors at Old AuSable Fly Shop, 7:45 p.m. Start of the 69th Annual AuSable River Canoe Marathon at the Old AuSable Fly Shop, 9:00 p.m. (paddling from Grayling to Oscoda) Sunday, July 31st End of 69th Annual AuSable River Canoe Marathon (ends on the shores of Lake Huron in Oscoda Leaders 11:30 a.m. to Finishers 4:00 p.m.)

For details, visit www.graylingchamber.com or call 989-348-2921

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Ray Basile The Chandler's Paddler #1: Kristi Treston, 23 - Grayling, MI

Paddler #1: Andrew Weeks, 53 - Battle Creek, MI

Occupation: Nursing Student

Occupation: Fork Lift Mechanic

# Started: 1

Best Finish: 67th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Getting a sticker that said 120 miles. Most memorable Marathon experience: Having my sister Hup me over everytime I

threw up.

# Started: 1

Best Finish: 68th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge of it all. Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing the 2015 Marathon.

Paddler #2: Paddi Thornburg, 53 - Athens, MI

Paddler #2: Katie Treston, 28 - Traverse City, MI

Occupation: Professional Dog Groomer # Started: 1

Occupation: Physician Assistant # Started: 1

Attracted to the Marathon by: Seeing if I could do it. Most memorable Marathon experience: Seeing all the shooting stars during the night.

Best Finish: 67th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: How great the paddlers were. Most memorable Marathon experience: Kristi throwing up from M-72 to Alcona Dam

Best Finish: 68th Most Recent: 2015

during the 2015 Marathon.

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Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of Grayling

Paddler #1: Jon Thompson, 60 - Lewiston, MI

Paddler #1: Jeremie Fortin, 22 - Grand-Mère, Quebec Occupation: Canoer & Bricklayer # Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Occupation: Writing Instructor

# Started: 15 Best Finish: 21st Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge and the night racing and the river. Most memorable Marathon experience:

Attracted to the Marathon by: Jay Stephan & John Baker beating Claude and Serge

Paddler #2: Noemie Pelletier Lavallee, 24 - Trois-Rivières, Quebec

valley with a roar for Al Widing Sr.

Occupation: Biomedical Technologist & Canoer # Started: 0 Best Finish: N/A Most Recent: N/A Attracted to the Marathon by: It's the biggest race. Most memorable Marathon experience: Cooperstown 2016

Corbin in 1978 by paddling 1 hour 18 min. section from Foote to finish line.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Hearing the crowd at Mio Dam filll the river

Paddler #2: Dwight Walker, 62 - Marshall, MI Occupation: Copier Repair Technician

# Started: 20 Best Finish: 14th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The length and night paddling and the AuSable River. Most memorable Marathon experience: Al Duckworth giving me Oreos on

Alcona Pond.

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Mike Bradford Construction Fiber Link, Inc of Lapeer

Paddler #1: Real Carriere, 33 - Cumberland House, Saskatchewan

Paddler #1: Russ Reker, 53 - Lapeer, MI

Occupation: Student

Occupation: Mfg. Engineer

# Started: 1

Best Finish: 15th Most Recent: 2008

Attracted to the Marathon by: It is a legendary race Most memorable Marathon experience: People yelling at us during the night.

Paddler #2: Solomon Carriere, 60 - Cumberland House, Saskatchewan Occupation: Business Owner

# Started: 14th

Best Finish: 1st

Most Recent: 2008

& Delta Researcher Attracted to the Marathon by: Racing with my new grandson. Most memorable Marathon experience: Hearing the night time fans yelling.

# Started: 10 Best Finish: 9th

Most Recent: 2014

Attracted to the Marathon by: Watching the race as a kid while camping in Old

Orchard park in Oscoda.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Racing the Marathon with my son in 2011.

Paddler #2: Mike Bradford, 51 - Lapeer, MI Occupation: Carpenter

# Started: 17 Best Finish: 6th

Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Watching the race in 1982. Most memorable Marathon experience: Racing the Marathon with my Dad in 2007.

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Wojahn Floor Covering Gary Oil Company Paddler #1: Michael Matthews, 37 - Branson, MO

Paddler #1: Andrew Condie, 32 - Martindale, TX

Occupation: Contractor

Occupation: Construction Consultant

# Started: 3

Best Finish: 60th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Watching it growing up. Most memorable Marathon experience: Crossing the finish line with my dad at the

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: The level of competition. Most memorable Marathon experience:

time as my brother Chase and cousin Ted Matthews.

Paddler #2: Rod Matthews, 62 - Oscoda, MI Occupation: Auto Mechanic

# Started: 13 Best Finish: 25th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Challenge and Competition Most memorable Marathon experience: 2004 -Cold night and heavy fog covering the

river to Alcona Dam. Passing 10 canoes on Alcona Pond that morning.

Paddler #2: Ian Rolls, 38 - Dripping Spring, TX Occupation: Contractor

# Started: 1

Best Finish: 20th Most Recent: 2014

Attracted to the Marathon by: Competition Most memorable Marathon experience: Paddling next to guys like Bruce Barton and

Al Limberg in 2014.


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St-Onge Ford and Kia Energie Cardio

Paddler #1: Justin Griffith, 45 - Harrisville, MI Occupation: Arborist

# Started: 3 Best Finish: 55th

Paddler #1: Charles Darchen, 24 - Trois-Rivieres, Quebec Most Recent: 2009

Attracted to the Marathon by: Family history and the legendary mistique of being a

Marathon racer.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Tipping over at Foote Dam in 2008 and not

Occupation: Plumber

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: I like the challenge. Most memorable Marathon experience:

being able to make the cut-off at Foote Dam.

Paddler #2: Julianne Morin-Nolet, 26 - Shawinigan, Quebec

Paddler #2: Susan Williams, 52 - Secane, PA

Occupation: University Student

Occupation: Prosecutor- I make grown men cry. # Started: 3 Best Finish: DNF Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge to complete it. Most memorable Marathon experience: To see the finish line at my first Marathon.

Attracted to the Marathon by: I did the General Clinton and 90 miler so why not

# Started: 1

Best Finish: 59th Most Recent: 2014

this race.

Most memorable Marathon experience: See our story in this years Program Book,

page 28.

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Janish Woodworks, Inc.

Woodland Motor Lodge - Grayling Old 27 Roadhouse - Grayling

Paddler #1: Jeff Janish, 54 - Whittemore, MI

Paddler #1: Debbie Brax, 54 - Bay Village, OH Occupation: Kindergarten Teacher

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: Love the promotional videos! Have heard great things

about the race from the racers and spectators. I'm always up for a challenge.

Most memorable Marathon experience:

Best Finish: 45th Most Recent: 2008

Attracted to the Marathon by: Watched one year, and knew I'd love the challenge. Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing the race with both of my daughters.

Paddler #2: Tyler Janish, 21 - Whittemore, MI

Paddler #2: Ken Streb, 58 - Rochester, NY Occupation: Telecommunications # Started: 0

Occupation: Farmer/Woodworker # Started: 2

Best Finish: N/A

Occupation: Full time Student Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: Competition Most memorable Marathon experience: The challenge and goal to do the Triple

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: Watching my dad do it with my two sisters. Most memorable Marathon experience: Watching my dad finish the race with both of

my sisters.

Crown. Promotional video looks great and race appears to be well organized.

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Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Fay's Motel of Grayling Smith & Booker, P.C.

Dewey's Automotive Repair, Roscommon Doug Lloyd and Sons Mike & Ice Cream, Livonia MI

Paddler #1: Michael Garon, 58 - Washington Township, MI

Paddler #1: Fred Mills, 62 - Roscommon, MI

Occupation: Clinical Engineer

Occupation: Builder

# Started: 21 Best Finish: 19th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge of night paddling. Most memorable Marathon experience: The 2004 Marathon, it was the year of the fog.

It got down to 34 degrees and was so foggy you could not see your partner. Also 2009 becoming the Senior Division Champions with Doug Gillin.

Attracted to the Marathon by: Paddling and camping Grayling-Oscoda with my

brother and father when we were little, it took 5 days.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Racing with my brother Tom.

Paddler #2: Tim McClure, 58 - Roscommon, MI

Paddler #2: Chris Hewitt, 26 - Lansing, MI Occupation: Recycling Coordinator

# Started: 19 Best Finish: 12th Most Recent: 2015

# Started: 10 Best Finish: 39th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge. Most memorable Marathon experience: Narrowly beating my dad by a few minutes.

Occupation: Retired

# Started: 9

Best Finish: 17th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Paddling with my son. Most memorable Marathon experience: Finished 25th my first Marathon with my son.

Twice.

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Treasure Title Service General Clinton Regatta

Stephen Lynn Handmade Knives QTA Paddler #1: Hailey Halstead, 25 - Grayling, MI

Paddler #1: Mike Packard, 52 - Oneonta, NY

Occupation: Nurse

Occupation: Technical Instructor # Started: 10 Best Finish: 9th

# Started: 4

Best Finish: 21st Most Recent: 2015

Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Living in Grayling, MI Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing in 2012 Marthon with Al Widing Sr.

Attracted to the Marathon by: The hospitality of Michigan and the long

Paddler #2: Rebecca Davis, 27 - Homer, MI

staying with Cherri Sullivan in Roscommon. Always playing PIG.

Occupation: Animal Care Specialist # Started: 6

Best Finish: 9th

Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Watching my family compete. Most memorable Marathon experience: Having a fish jump in the boat after the

Mio portage.

distance race.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Hanging out with the John Sullivan family and

Paddler #2: Jeff Shultz, 61 - Otego, NY Occupation: Contractor

# Started: 2

Best Finish: 4th

Most Recent: 1985

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge of the distance and the

river's landscape.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Racing the Marathon in 1979 and putting a

hole in the boat 1/2 hour into the race and still being able to finish it.

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

WKJC 104.7

Great Lakes Bay Renewable Energy

Paddler #1: Chris Krey, 26 - Grayling, MI

Paddler #1: Lee Scheffler, 23 - Grayling, MI

Occupation: Route Driver

Occupation: Huron Pines Americorps

# Started: 1

Best Finish: DNF Most Recent: 2015

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Grayling DNR

Attracted to the Marathon by: Followed it as a kid. Most memorable Marathon experience: I don't remember, it was a blur.

Attracted to the Marathon by: Graying community is revolved around this beautiful

Paddler #2: Kyle Stonehouse, 23 - Tawas City, MI

Most memorable Marathon experience: Watched many boats as a kid on

Occupation: Sales

# Started: 4

Best Finish: 37th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Family racing. Most memorable Marathon experience: Alcona Pond at sunrise.

watershed and I wanted to do something to remember forever.

Lake Margrethe.

Paddler #2: Gary Gage, 54 - Sterling, MI Occupation:

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: Most memorable Marathon experience:

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Elect Colin Hunter for 46th Circuit Court Judge on August 2nd Jack Millikin's Inc.

98.5 WUPS Radio Station Moore's Automotive Paddler #1: Sean Casey, 38 - Grayling, MI

Paddler #1: Mike "Buzzy" Hartman, 40 - Grayling, MI

Occupation: Paddle Hard Brewing # Started: 14 Best Finish: 12th Most Recent: 2015

Occupation: School Social Worker # Started: 14 Best Finish: 14th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Growing up in Grayling and rooting for locals. Most memorable Marathon experience: Spontaneous tip over with Jim Lauren.

Attracted to the Marathon by: Everything about paddling at night. Most memorable Marathon experience: All of the starts and finishes.

Unexplained to this day.

Paddler #2: Austin Weiler, 24 - Roscommon, MI Occupation: Michigan Army Nat'l Guard # Started: 4

Best Finish: 16th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Challenge of night paddling and the distance. Most memorable Marathon experience: Watching Rejean Huard finishing the

Marathon.

Paddler #2: Nick D'Amour, 26 - Grayling, MI Occupation: Oil Field Lead Worker # Started: 7

Best Finish: 12th Most Recent: 2014

Attracted to the Marathon by: Growing up in Grayling and watching family

members race.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Passing teams in the morning on the ponds.


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Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Metro Consulting Associates Leica Geosystems Salesman Rick Sauve

Janish Woodworks, Inc.

Paddler #1: Lucas Hanson, 27 - Munger, MI

Paddler #1: Jacob Roetter, 29 - Novi, MI Occupation: Land Surveyor

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Occupation: CPA

Sponsors:

Committee to elect Jason Thompson 46th Circuit Court Grayling Hospital for Animals

Paddler #1: Paul C. Seibert, 58 - Midland, MI

Paddler #1: Mandee Micek, 40 - Anchorage, AK

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge and uniqueness of the event. Most memorable Marathon experience: The start and watching the foot race to

the water.

Paddler #2: Steve Skillman, 59 - Bay City, MI Occupation: Engineer

# Started: 1

Best Finish: 49th Most Recent: 2007

Attracted to the Marathon by: "The Start" and the challenge. Most memorable Marathon experience: How I felt at the finish of my first race,

Occupation: Univ. of Alaska ADA Coord. # Started: 0 Best Finish: N/A Most Recent: N/A Attracted to the Marathon by: My mom is an ARCM junkie, I grew up following the race

and fed a couple of teams. I worked at Ray's and saw some behind the scene activity, which fueled my desire to compete. Most memorable Marathon experience: My first Marathon, I have no doubt it will be memorable, training has been.

Paddler #2: Bryan Bearss, 26 - Anchorage, AK Occupation: Elementary Teacher # Started: 0 Best Finish: N/A Most Recent: N/A Attracted to the Marathon by: I grew up watching the Marathon from my grandparents

cabin on the AuSable and always said someday I'd compete in the Marathon. Most memorable Marathon experience: Last year I helped feed Ellen and Jon Thompson and was very impressed and inspired by their composure throughout the race.

exhaused and elated at the same time.

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Cosmetic & Dentistry of Grayling Flying Fish Lodge of Grayling

AuSable Valley Animal Shelter H&B Auto Electric

Paddler #1: Steve Drew, 51 - Orange, MA

Paddler #1: John Lucey, 52 - Grayling, MI Occupation: Forensic Scientist

Best Finish: 58th Most Recent: 2008

Sponsors:

ADS Wolgast Corporation

# Started: 0

# Started: 1

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge. Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing the Marathon with my dad.

Attracted to the Marathon by: My partner. Most memorable Marathon experience:

Occupation: Engineer

Best Finish: DNF Most Recent: 2014

Paddler #2: Julie Hanson, 26 - Munger, MI

Paddler #2: Alex Lulias, 22 - Laramie, WY # Started: 0

# Started: 1

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge. Most memorable Marathon experience: The thrill of the run to the river.

Attracted to the Marathon by: The odd's we are given to finish. Most memorable Marathon experience:

Occupation: Student

Occupation: Surveyor

# Started: 11 Best Finish: 36th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: I like paddling on the AuSable River, even at night. Most memorable Marathon experience: Paddling the race with my wife, son and

even Joe.

Occupation: Laborer

# Started: 1

Best Finish: 20th Most Recent: 2012

Attracted to the Marathon by: Friends racing and family from Ortonville, MI. Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing.

Paddler #2: Tom Ellsworth, 51 - Orange, MA

Paddler #2: Joe Somero, 24 - Grayling, WY

Occupation: General Contractor # Started: 4

Occupation:

Attracted to the Marathon by: Hadn't done the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown. Most memorable Marathon experience: Hitting some sleeping geese when running

# Started: 4

Best Finish: 33rd Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: My partner. Blondes in black bikinis that find paddlers

attractive. Still looking ‌

Best Finish: 24

Most Recent: 2013

with out light off.

Most memorable Marathon experience: My partner flipping me out of the boat while

trying to portage 5 Channels and then having to climb up the wall.

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Kodiak Group Gates AuSable Lodge

Dead Bear Brewing of Grayling

Paddler #1: Priscilla Thellend, 28 - Trois-Rivieres, Quebec

Paddler #1: Phil Armstrong, 30 - Grayling, MI

Occupation: Psycoeducator

Occupation: Civil Engineer

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: The experience. Most memorable Marathon experience:

Attracted to the Marathon by: Born and Raised in Grayling knowing people involved

Paddler #2: Emma Ellsworth, 40 - Orange, MA

and Andy by 1 second. Amazing.

Occupation: Union Member

# Started: 4

in the race and being a spectator.

Most memorable Marathon experience: 2005 Finish when Jeff and Serge beat Matt Best Finish: 24th Most Recent: 2013

Attracted to the Marathon by: Jeff DeFeo brought me out to race Spike's and I was

hooked.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Shooting stars, Mio emerging from the dark, a

beaver tail slap around 2 a.m. almost scaring me out of the boat.

Paddler #2: Adam Michael Malone, 30 - Kalkaska, MI Occupation: Design Engineer

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: I was born in Grayling and have always loved the race. Most memorable Marathon experience: Many years of following and feeding.

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Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Eddie Sachs Racing Two Rare Graphic Design

Denholm Family Chiropractic PC of Grayling

Paddler #1: Brandon Barnes, 28 - Roscommon, MI Occupation: Weyerhaeuser

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Paddler #1: Rene' Joly, 61 - Shawinigan, Quebec Occupation: Retired

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: Fed in Marathon and wanted to do it myself. Most memorable Marathon experience: Feeding.

Attracted to the Marathon by: Most memorable Marathon experience:

Paddler #2: Brian Jacobs, 50 - Frederic, MI

Paddler #2: Patrick Armstrong, 38 - Shawinigan, Quebec

Occupation: Weyerhaeuser

# Started: 5

Best Finish: 56th Most Recent: 2012

Attracted to the Marathon by: Watching as a kid, saw several friends do it and

decided to give it a try.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Finished my first Marathon I entered at 40 yrs

Occupation: Farmer

# Started: 4

Best Finish: 4th

Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Long race Most memorable Marathon experience:

old and want to finish last last to 50.

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Don Nester Auto Group

Jansen Agency AuSable Hardware Do-It Best

Paddler #1: Sean Brabant, 27 - Grayling, MI Occupation: Sales at Don Nester # Started: 3

Best Finish: 49

Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Watching it growing upand wanting to accomplish the

challenge.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Reaching the finish line bridge and celebrat-

ing with fellow competitors, friends & family.

# Started: 3

Occupation: Cook

# Started: 7

Best Finish: 22nd Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The free shirt Most memorable Marathon experience: First time portaging Mio Dam under the lights

Paddler #2: Jon Webb, 56 - Oscoda, MI Occupation: Retired

Paddler #2: Yves Cartier, 60 - Tequesta, FL Occupation: Physical Therapist

Paddler #1: Danny Medina, 22 - Roscommon, MI

Best Finish: 21st Most Recent: 2014

Attracted to the Marathon by: The overall challenge to do well, the beauty of the

# Started: 21 Best Finish: 15th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The fact that it is the ultimate race of canoe racing. Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing with my daughter in 2003.

area, and the people of Michigan.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Finally seeing the "bra tree."

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Fay's Motel of Grayling Budweiser

Penrod's Canoe Livery - Grayling Nature's Kennel - McMilllan Paddler #1: Drew Compau, 25 - Marquette, MI

Paddler #1: Mark Koenig, 58 - Woodstock, IL

Occupation:

Occupation: Landscaper

# Started: 5

Best Finish: 20th Most Recent: 2015

# Started: 3

Best Finish: 41

Attracted to the Marathon by: Most memorable Marathon experience:

Attracted to the Marathon by: Competition Most memorable Marathon experience: First finish

Paddler #2: Lynne Witte, 62 - Mt. Clemens, MI

Paddler #2: Nick Lyesiuk, 73 - Oscoda, MI

Occupation: Teacher

# Started: 36 Best Finish: 4th

Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Challenge, enjoyment paddling rivers. Most memorable Marathon experience: Paddling through thick fog in Alcona into

Occupation: Floor covering

# Started: 6

Most Recent: 2012

Best Finish: 32nd Most Recent: 2013

Attracted to the Marathon by: Night paddled Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing each time

beautiful sun in Loud.

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Barton Farm Co Hart Ford

Fay's Motel of Grayling Grayling Restaurant

Paddler #1: Mike Davis, 25 - Homer, MI Occupation:

# Started: 6

Paddler #1: Greg Zophy, 60 - St. Paul, MN Best Finish: 6th

Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Most memorable Marathon experience:

Grayling and staying at Fay's Motel and eating at Grayling Restaurant.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Paddling below Mio with the wispy fog danc-

ing on the water and shooting stars overhead.

Paddler #2: Weston Willoughby, 25 - Homer, MI Occupation: Swine Performance Technician # Started: 3

Occupation: Industrial Automation # Started: 5 Best Finish: 57th Most Recent: 2015 Attracted to the Marathon by: It's the best race on the best river. Love coming to

Best Finish: 5th

Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The boats and paddles look shiney in the sun. Most memorable Marathon experience: Hearing the starting gun

Paddler #2: Jim Braig, 72 - Dubuque, IA Occupation: Retired # Started: 0 Best Finish: N/A Most Recent: N/A Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge, and all my friends have encouraged me

to do it. If there was a category for it, I might be the oldest rookie paddler(72) to every attempt it. Most memorable Marathon experience: Being a feeder for the Cramers in the 2015 Marathon.


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Follow The Race Online With GPS Mapping! Listen to Live Race Reports on the Marathon's Official Flagship Station 98.5-WUPS and the Marathon’s other Official Radio Stations – Hits-FM 103.3 & 94.9

Desktop & Laptop Go to "2016 GPS Tracking Map" on the AuSable Canoe Marathon Website www.ausablecanoemarathon.org/ 2016-gps-tracking-map

Smartphone & Tablet Go to the Blue Dot Website app.bluedot.mobi & then select "AuSable River Canoe Marathon"

GPS Tracking Devices & Software Support Provided By Trackleaders.com Download a QR code scanner for iPhone on iTunes and for Android on Google Play

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Woodland Motor Lodge - Grayling River Park Campground - Grayling

Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund Jay's Sporting Goods

Paddler #1: Alec Davis, 76 - Ballston Lake, NY

Paddler #1: Matt Smith, 43 - Midland, MI

Occupation: Retired

Occupation: Director of Personal Training # Started: 0

# Started: 5

Best Finish: 45th Most Recent: 2014

Attracted to the Marathon by: Longest race Most memorable Marathon experience: Being stuck in a log jam in the fog

Attracted to the Marathon by: Intensity Most memorable Marathon experience:

Paddler #2: Roger Henry, 74 - Rexford, NY

Paddler #2: Brad Doane - Marshall, MI

Occupation: Retired

Occupation: RN

# Started: 7

Best Finish: 32nd Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Wanted to compete in the race I had heard so much

about

Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing in the thunder, lightening, and

# Started: 0

Best Finish: NA

Most Recent: NA

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: History Most memorable Marathon experience: Feed for my cousin's team

driving rain in 2014 and then no music

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

IMM Inc - Grayling Smith & Booker, P.C.

Crooked Ewe Brewery & Ale House Zaveral Racing Equipment

Paddler #1: Robert Bash, 47 - Bay City, MI Occupation: Chocolatier

# Started: -

Best Finish: NA

Paddler #1: Trevor LeFever, 38 - Oneonta, NY Most Recent: NA

Attracted to the Marathon by: Spectated in 2014 and decided I had to be a part of

this race some day

Occupation: Lineman

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: Peer, Pressure Most memorable Marathon experience:

Most memorable Marathon experience: Watching the 2014 start

Paddler #2: Matt Meersman, 40 - South Bend, IN

Paddler #2: Chuck Hewitt, 57 - Bay City, MI Occupation: Attorney

# Started: 15 Best Finish: 19th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge of finishing the race Most memorable Marathon experience: Paddling with son Chris to his first finish

in 2005

Occupation: Watershed Coordinator

# Started: 9

Best Finish: 40th Most Recent: 2014

Attracted to the Marathon by: The fame and fortune…. Most memorable Marathon experience: Singing Young MC's "Bust A Move" on Cooke

Pond with Rebecca Barton/Davis.

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NOTICE: Alcona Dam - The Bamfield Road AuSable River at Alcona Dam is CLOSED! Spec view the race from the East Side ("Glennie Feeders will use the alternate route supplie packet. Only feeders will be allowed into t

Listen to LIVE Race Reports on the Marathon’s Official Radio Stations!

Follow the Marathon LIVE with GPS Mapping AND Check Timing-Location Updates on the AuSable Canoe Marathon Website www.AuSableCanoeMarathon.org

Join the Marathon Conversation on Social Media

North America's Richest Marathon Canoe Race! Over $56,000 CASH & PRIZES! CASH PURSE: 1st...........$5,000 2nd..........$3,500 3rd..........$2,500 4th..........$2,000 5th..........$1,500 6th..........$1,400 7th..........$1,300 8th..........$1,200 9th..........$1,100 10th........$1,000 11th........$950 12th........$900 13th........$850 14th........$800

15th........$750 16th........$700 17th........$650 18th........$630 19th........$600 20th........$580 21st.........$550 22nd........$530 23rd.........$500 24th........$480 25th........$450 26th........$430 27th........$400 28th........$380

29th........$350 30th........$330 31st.........$320 32nd........$310 33rd.........$300 34th........$290 35th........$280 36th........$270 37th........$260 38th........$250 39th........$240 40th........$230

Finishers from 41st place will receive Finisher Prizes, only; no cash. Over $10,000 in Finisher Prizes to be awarded to AuSable Marathon Finishers.

BONUSES

OFFICIAL TIMING & VIEWING LOCATIONS

Burton’s Landing Stephan Bridge Wakeley Bridge McMasters Bridge Parmalee Bridge Camp Ten Bridge Mio Dam McKinley Bridge 4001 Bridge Alcona Dam Loud Dam 5 Channels Dam Cooke Dam Foote Dam Oscoda (Finish)

LEADERS' APPROX. ARRIVAL TIME*

APPROX. TIME LAST CANOE WILL PASS EACH TIMING LOCATION

9:40 PM 10:15 PM 10:40 PM 11:45 PM 12:40 AM 1:45 AM 2:05 AM 3:50 AM 4:40 AM 5:20 AM 7:05 AM 7:30 AM 8:30 AM 9:40 AM 11:00 AM

10:10 PM 11:00 PM 11:45 PM 1:00 AM 2:35 AM 3:30 AM 4:00 AM 6:25 AM 7:30 AM 8:15 AM 10:40 AM 11:15 AM 12:30 PM 2:15 PM 4:00 PM

*based on record split times

Break the Record Bonus, Sponsored by Jansen Insurance Agency of Grayling: $1,000 to the winning team if they break the current record time of 13:58:08 Leader’s Bonuses, sponsored by Michael Taggart: $1,400 total; $50 per checkpoint timing location to the team with the fastest split time and the team with the fastest point-to-point time. Division Bonuses: $3,000 total; Bonus money will be paid to the top three Women’s, Mixed, Masters, Seniors, Rookie, and Youth teams to finish the Marathon First All-Michigan Team to Finish, sponsored by Michael Taggart: $500

Consumers Energy Da$h For Ca$h: $5,000 Total Cash Prizes

IMPORTANT UPDATE Consumers Energy has requested that No Alcoholic Beverages be allowed on their property. No loitering will also be allowed when crossing dams. These implementations are due to new strict Homeland Security Procedures. Please be respectful of the people that are enforcing these rules and procedures.


AuSable River Canoe Marathon Spectator Guide 2016

EMERGENCY NUMBERS Dial 911 Crawford County Sheriff - (989) 348-6341 Oscoda County Sheriff - (989) 826-3214 Alcona County Sheriff - (989) 724-6271 Hale Area Police - (989) 469-8241 Iosco County Sheriff - (989) 362-6164 Oscoda Area Police - (989) 739-9111

bridge crossing the ctators are to park and e side") of the river ed in your team's race the dam parking lot.

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The New AuSable River Canoe Marathon Radio Network Listen to Live AuSable Marathon Reports Throughout Most of Michigan!

NEW in 2016 is the AuSable River Canoe Marathon Radio Network (ARCM Radio Network). The radio network was developed in partnership with the Marathon’s Flagship Station, Black Diamond Broadcasting’s 98.5 UPS – The Station That Delivers, and in cooperation with the AuSable Marathon’s other Official Station, Carroll Broadcasting’s Hits-FM 94.9 & 103.3. More than twenty (20) ARCM Radio Network affiliate stations around the state of Michigan will carry AuSable River Canoe Marathon race updates for 19-hours, from 6:00

p.m. Saturday night, July 30, through 1:00 p.m. Sunday, July 31. Black Diamond Broadcasting and Carroll Broadcasting stations, with signals covering all of northern and central Michigan, will continue to carry live race reports through Sunday’s 4:00 p.m. official conclusion of the AuSable Marathon. Marathon fans throughout most of the state of Michigan will be able to listen to live reports from Larry Roberts, the 23-year “Voice of the Marathon”, who will work with the volunteer organizing committee to cover the race for the network.

In memory of Joe Seifert who passed away June 4, 2016. Joe's daughter Gwen Hills will be paddling this year's Marathon in his honor using his familiar canoe #92

Join the Marathon Conversation on Social Media Download a QR Code Scanner for iPhone on iTunes and for Android on Google Play


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Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Zaveral Racing Equipment Savage River

SMK Beautification

Paddler #1: Mary Schlimmer, 25 - Cortland, NY

Paddler #1: Jason Hatfield, 38 - Grayling, MI

Occupation: Minion Sensei

Occupation: Water Well Driller

# Started: 2

Best Finish: 30th Most Recent: 2014

Attracted to the Marathon by: Got tired of being pit crew for my brothers and racing,

it was the only way out

Most memorable Marathon experience: Falling out of the boat at the very start of the

race and getting passed by 25+ boats but recovering and finishing in 30th position # Started: 4

Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Living in Grayling. Most memorable Marathon experience: Sub 15 hour Marathon

Paddler #2: Matt Gabriel Jr., 32 - Grayling, MI Occupation: CCRC

Paddler #2: Sarah Lessard, 29 - Les Cedres, Quebec Occupation: Little person

# Started: 10 Best Finish: 8th

Best Finish: 16th Most Recent: 2015

fitness coordinator

# Started: 7

Best Finish: 10th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Following the race. Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing in the top 10.

Attracted to the Marathon by: All of the hot guys Most memorable Marathon experience: Surviving the night without dying

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

X-Press Copy Center of Grayling Mio Saloon

Ramada Inn of Grayling GTR of Traverse City

Paddler #1: Jeff DeFeo, 61 - Chester, MA

Paddler #1: Ryan Harris, 25 - Grayling, MI

Occupation: Home Builder

Occupation: Refrigeration Installation

# Started: 16 Best Finish: 34th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The length of the race. Most memorable Marathon experience: The fog of 2004 and finishing with 7 different

first timers.

# Started: 5

Best Finish: 28th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Growing up watching my Uncle Jom Hardwood race. Most memorable Marathon experience: Getting attacked by a flock of geese in the

Marathon in 2011 AuSable Marathon!

Paddler #2: Amy Solak, 51 - Traverse City, MI Occupation: Human Resource Analyst

# Started: 14 Best Finish: 18th Most Recent: 2014

Attracted to the Marathon by: Grew up watching it-hearing the stories of when my

father raced, etc.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing with my father and the year my son

Paddler #2: Mathieu St. Pierre, 28 - Shawnigan, Quebec Occupation: Wheelchair for the moment # Started: 3

Best Finish: 4th

Most Recent: 2014

Attracted to the Marathon by: It's a wonderful organization and it is a challenge. Most memorable Marathon experience: When I saw the finish line. It's amazing!

and niece were racing. My son finished with my dad/ The year of the terrible fog and cold.

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Austin's Taxidermy Cycle Fit - Fenton, MI

Alcona Canoe TImmy Tire

Paddler #1: Nathan Layne Widing, 56 - Noovik, AK Occupation: Retired Builder

# Started: 3

Best Finish: 8th

Paddler #1: Todd Kaems, 45 - Tawas City, MI Most Recent: 1988

Occupation: School Teacher

# Started: 5

Best Finish: 41st Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Family tradition. Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing 8th with Al Widing Sr. in 1988.

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge Most memorable Marathon experience: The first finish, 1996.

Paddler #2: Amber Widing, 29 - Linden, MI

Paddler #2: John Zacharski, 45 - Marshall, MI

Occupation: Personal Trainer

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: Family tradition. Most memorable Marathon experience: Watching my dad race it.

Occupation: Nurse/Builder

# Started: 3

Best Finish: 56th Most Recent: 2011

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge. Most memorable Marathon experience: The first finish, 1996.

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Berkshire Products Flying Fish Lodge of Grayling, MI Paddler #1: Mike Taylor, 61 - Grayling, MI

Paddler #1: Adam Gelinas, 34 - Leominster, MA

Occupation: Home Inspector

Occupation:

# Started: 4

Best Finish: 47th Most Recent: 2014

Attracted to the Marathon by: Always enjoyed watching it. Then it became top of my

bucket list!

# Started: 3

Best Finish: 17th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Most memorable Marathon experience:

Most memorable Marathon experience: Hearing the wonderful music at the

finish line.

Paddler #2: Pierre-Olivier Quesnel (P O), 37 - Renaissance, L, Quebec Occupation:

Paddler #2: Roy Sowersby, 56 - Northville, MI Occupation: Engineering Technician

# Started: 3

Best Finish: 48th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Watching from the banks and the challenge. Most memorable Marathon experience: Crossing the finish line in my first Marathon.

# Started: 3

Attracted to the Marathon by: Most memorable Marathon experience:

#HupAllNight

Best Finish: 13th Most Recent: 2014


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Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Gilberts Drugs Tender Care City Health & Rehab Center

Traditional Electric

Paddler #1: Robby Kimsel, 44 - East Tawas, MI Occupation: Custodian

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Paddler #1: Dale Thompson, 60 - Kentwood, MI Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: Time spent with family on the AuSable River. Most memorable Marathon experience: When my brother took 13th place in the 2008

Marathon.

# Started: 11 Best Finish: 13

Best Finish: DNF Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Challenge Most memorable Marathon experience: Seeing the lights on Mio Dam.

Paddler #2: Brian Kartanys, 65 - Traverse City, MI

Paddler #2: Joey Kimsel, 36 - Oscoda, MI Occupation: Cable Technician

Occupation: Electrical Contractor # Started: 4

Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The river Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing

Occupation: Lawn Care Co-Owner # Started: 24 Best Finish: 3rd

Most Recent: 2012

Attracted to the Marathon by: Living on the river as a kid. Most memorable Marathon experience: 1986, 3rd place and my easiest race.

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Therapeutic Wonders Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center

Borcher' Canoe Livery Grayling Hospital For Animals

Paddler #1: Ray Wonders, 55 - Anchorage, AK

Paddler #1: Levi Korneli, 21 - Grayling, MI Occupation: Cook at Northbound Outfitters # Started: 1

Best Finish: 56th Most Recent: 2015

Occupation: Logistics Manager

# Started: 5

Best Finish: 48th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: I heard chicks dig it. Most memorable Marathon experience: Portaging Mio Dam.

Attracted to the Marathon by: Growing up in Grayling and watching the greats like

Paddler #2: Carson Burmeister, 19 - Marquette, MI

Hunter. We hear "North to Alaska" blasting on the speaker. It was great.

Occupation: Soccer Camp Director

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Jay Stephan and John Baker.

Most memorable Marathon experience: While finishing the race best year with my son Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: Growing up around it and I have always been

intrigued by the challenge.

Paddler #2: Hunter Wonders, 18 - Anchorage, AK Occupation: Student/Nordic Skier # Started: 1

Best Finish: 59th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: I've grown up watching and following the race either

in person or via the website.

Most memorable Marathon experience:

Most memorable Marathon experience: Our headlight battery running out of juice

just before Camp 10 and paddling Mio in the dark.

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Family & Cosmetic of Grayling

TCB Carpentry and Home Maintenance Top Notch Automotive

Paddler #1: Seth Miller, 50 - Norwood, MA Occupation: Computer Programmer

# Started: 2

Best Finish: 33rd Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge and friends who encouraged me

to enter.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Helping jumpstart our feeders car 15 minutes

before the race started.

# Started: 2

Occupation: Just trying to survive # Started: 4

Best Finish: 46th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: My family has been in the sport forever and I have

watched it since I was a young kid

Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing my first Marathon.

Paddler #2: Todd Bennett, 52 - Armada, MI

Paddler #2: Stephen Miller, 52 - Groton, MA Occupation: Engineer

Paddler #1: Ryan Bennett, 21 - Armada, MI

Best Finish: 33rd Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The physical and mental challenge. Most memorable Marathon experience: See the boats we were chasing miss a short-

Occupation: Self Employed Carpenter

# Started: 6

Best Finish: 47th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Coming to Grayling since I was young. Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing the Marathon with my son.

cut.

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Camp Grayling Conservation Club

Paddler #1: Rod Mclain, 56 - Stockton Springs, ME Occupation: School Teacher

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Paddler #1: Rich Lauth, 43 - Grosse Ile, MI Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: Family pressure! The distance and the challenge. Most memorable Marathon experience: I've never raced the Marathon.

Occupation: Design Engineer

# Started: 4

Best Finish: 8th

Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge Most memorable Marathon experience: Getting handshake from Bob Bradford at

the finish line.

Paddler #2: Chip Loring, 69 - Old Town, ME Occupation: Retired

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: The distance, challenge, the 'overnight aspect.' Most memorable Marathon experience: This will be my first Marathon.

Paddler #2: Zach Mack, 21 - Grayling, MI Occupation: Construction

# Started: 5

Best Finish: 9th

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge and watching it. Most memorable Marathon experience: Placing 9th with Weston.

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Sponsors:

Sponsors:

AuSable Ice Cream and Rod's BBQ Woodland Motor Lodge - Grayling

Treasure Title Service of Grayling

Paddler #1: Gary McLain, 50 - Ballston Spa, NY

Paddler #1: Gloria Wesley, 57 - Pittsfield, MA

Occupation: RV Sales Manager

Occupation: Retired

# Started: 3

Best Finish: 38th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The idea of racing 120 miles through the night, and to

be part of one biggest races of the year. Most memorable Marathon experience: My first year waiting for the gun to go off and then hearing the music at the finish line.

# Started: 3

Attracted to the Marathon by: Most memorable Marathon experience: Paddling in the fog and getting lost and Joe

Shaw when scouting.

Paddler #2: Gary Aprea, 73 - Austerlitz, NY

Paddler #2: Neal Sands, 51 - Milton, VT Occupation: Vermont Athletic Trainer

# Started: 11 Best Finish: 15th Most Recent: 2015

Best Finish: 25th Most Recent: 2004

Attracted to the Marathon by: Racing all night and competing in 120 miles. Most memorable Marathon experience: Getting 25th in 2000, it was a great race and

Occupation: Retired

# Started: 10 Best Finish: 23rd Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Most memorable Marathon experience:

my best finish.

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Stock Drilling Dunn Bros. Coffee

The Honorable George Mertz - Proud to Support the Marathon

Paddler #1: Io Harberts, 58 - Saint Paul, MN

Paddler #1: Joseph Geisinger, 49 - Austin, TX

Occupation: French Kindergarten Teacher # Started: 5

Occupation: Mechanical Engineer # Started: 0 Best Finish: N/A Most Recent: N/A Attracted to the Marathon by: Been racing C-2 in Texas and Louisiana. Wanted to do

Best Finish: 45th Most Recent: 2011

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge and I like paddling in the dark. Most memorable Marathon experience: Waking up in the water before Loud Dam.

Paddler #2: Emily Ruth Johnson, 39 - Saint Paul, MN Occupation: Registered Nurse

# Started: 1

Best Finish: 58th Most Recent: 2014

Attracted to the Marathon by: It seemed crazy. Most memorable Marathon experience: Holding off another mixed team 10 minutes

before the finish in 2014.

AuSable for the very high level of competition. Most memorable Marathon experience: 2016 Texas Water Safari and raced with my 18 yr. daughter. It was a personal best and we were racing very aggressively.

Paddler #2: Geoff Waters, 48 - Austin, TX Occupation: Systems Engineer # Started: 1 Best Finish: 69th Most Recent: 2014 Attracted to the Marathon by: Born in MI, related to the Stockton family in Grayling.

Moved to Texas and started competing in Marathon canoe races, but always wanted to race the Marathon. Most memorable Marathon experience: 2014 thunderstorm arriving in Oscoda with no crowds, no lights and no power.

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Sterling Environmental Engineering Woodland Motor Lodge - Grayling

Paddle Hard Brewing North Star Car Wash

Paddler #1: Patrick Madden, 36 - Scotia, NY

Paddler #1: Nicole Owens, 38 - Frederic, MI

Occupation:

Occupation: RN/Firefighter/AEMT # Started: 3

# Started: 1

Best Finish: 32nd Most Recent: 2015

Best Finish: DNF Most Recent: 1995

Attracted to the Marathon by: Growing up in Grayling you just kind of get involved in

Attracted to the Marathon by: Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing

some way or another.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Breaking our flashlight in my first Marathon

when racing with my dad and trying to fix it in the middle of the race.

Paddler #2: Dr. Philip Millspaugh, 32 - Farmington, NY Occupation: Veterinarian

# Started: 3

Best Finish: 27th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge. Most memorable Marathon experience: Sunrise at Alcona Dam.

Paddler #2: Rodney Elliott, 50 - Grayling, MI Occupation:

# Started: 0

Sponsors:

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of Grayling

Gray Rock Pub & Grub Modern Craft Winery

Paddler #1: Joel Lacroix, 26 - Shawinigan, Quebec # Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: Been watching it for years and always wanted to do it. Most memorable Marathon experience:

Sponsors:

Occupation: Drywall

Best Finish: N/A

Paddler #1: Eric Dittenber, 39 - Grayling, MI Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge to finish the race and the experience of

racing in the night.

Occupation: Statistical Analyst

# Started: 8

Best Finish: 27th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Cousin Doug Killingbeck. Most memorable Marathon experience: My first finish.

Most memorable Marathon experience:

Paddler #2: Ty Jenson, 21 - Grayling, MI

Paddler #2: Charlotte Prouix, 23 - Shawinigan, Quebec Occupation: Therapist in

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Physical Readapatation Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge to finish the race and the experience of

racing ub the night time.

Occupation: Groundskeeper at School

# Started: 2

Best Finish: 56th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The chicks dig it. Most memorable Marathon experience: My first Marathon we somehow finished

against all odds.

Most memorable Marathon experience:

#HupAllNight


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Sponsors:

Finn Sisu Cannon For Congress Paddler #1: Graham Smith, 39 - Vancouver, British Columbia Occupation: Computer Engineer # Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge of racing non-stop through the night. Most memorable Marathon experience: None yet, but I'm sure I'll have some after

this year.

Paddler #2: Mike Vincent, 51 - Regina, Saskatchewan Occupation: Physical Therapist

# Started: 2

Best Finish: 2nd Most Recent: 2014

Attracted to the Marathon by: It is a long canoe race and I like to race canoes. Most memorable Marathon experience: Paddling in the dark and fog, with a 3' of

visibility and going as fast as we could go, blind, because the water got shallow.

Sponsors:

Aaron Raymond - Century 21 River Country Katie Olson - Farm Bureau Insurance Paddler #1: Nate Winkler, 44 - Traverse City, MI Occupation: Fish Biologist & Fire Fighter # Started: 14 Best Finish: 28th Most Recent: 2015 Attracted to the Marathon by: The drama and pagentry. Most memorable Marathon experience: Spending some extra quality time on Alcona Pond with Connie Cannon in 2004.

Paddler #2: Gwen Hills, 33 - Grayling, MI Occupation: Bookkeeper/Yoga Guide # Started: 4 Best Finish: 40th Most Recent: 2015 Attracted to the Marathon by: Being toted along to canoe races to watch my dad race as a kid. It rubbed off onto me and now I carry the baton as an adult. It literally and figuratively is part of my soul. Most memorable Marathon experience: 2014 with Ellen Thompson. She sprained her ankle at Cooke Dam- we jumped back in the boat only to encounter a severe storm during the last hours of the race. It was truly epic and a testament to the power of teamwork and perserverance.

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Woodland Motor Lodge - Grayling Cannon For Congress

Allstate Webber Agency of Grayling & Traverse City

Paddler #1: Joe Schlimmer, 31 - Ithaca, NY

Paddler #1: Trevor Robinson, 44 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Occupation: Computer Repair Technician # Started: 3

Occupation: Contractor Coordinator # Started: 3 Best Finish: 28th Most Recent: 2015 Attracted to the Marathon by: Caliber of the competition and depth of the field. The

Best Finish: 32nd Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: The challenge and I can't let the other Schlimmers one

up me.

Most memorable Marathon experience: AC/DC guy at 4am, no better way to get

allure of an epic race on a small river through the night.

Most memorable Marathon experience: My first Marathon, leading up to Alcona, just

pumped!

as the sun was rising I was really tired and experienced hallucinations. I thought I could see large fishing boats and brightly colored tropical fish suspended in the air.

Paddler #2: Larry Harrison, 57 - Oneonta, NY

Paddler #2: Edith Mac Hattie, 43 - Oneonta, NY

Occupation: Oneonta Public Service

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Supertindent

Occupation: Retail Marketing # Started: 1 Best Finish: 36th Most Recent: 2015 Attracted to the Marathon by: Years of listening to the amazing stories my race partner

would tell when he cam back from the Marathon every year. It sounded like such a tough race. I had to try it. Most memorable Marathon experience: Not being able to pee for 14 hours.

Attracted to the Marathon by: It’s been a goal to do it. Most memorable Marathon experience:

Sponsors:

Star Truck Rentals J.R. Widing Construction Paddler #1: James Terry, 39 - Hastings, MI Occupation: Diesel Mechanic

# Started: 1

Best Finish: DNF Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: My wife. Most memorable Marathon experience: Watching my first canoe Marathon in 2010.

Paddler #2: Kate Terry, 38 - Hastings, MI Occupation: RN

# Started: 1

Best Finish: DNF Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Finishing the Marathon is on my bucketlist. Most memorable Marathon experience: Watching my dad and grandfather paddle in

the Marathon in 1989.

#HupAllNight


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The completely equipped spectator will have... • Full tank of gas • 69th Marathon Program Book & Spectator Guide (for racer & course information)

• Washcloth (frozen wet in a plastic bag) & soap • Toothpaste & brush • Litter bag

• Paper and pencils with erasers

• Pre-moistened towelettes

• AuSable Valley River Paddle, Pedal & Camp Map

• Camera & batteries

• Water • Lawn Chair • Blankets

• Alarm clock • Cell phone & charger • Flashlights & batteries

• Binoculars

• Rain gear, extra cool & warm weather clothes

• Insect Repellent

• Cap or hat with visor

• Sun screen

• Battery powered radio or ipod

• First aid kit

• Cooler with snacks, water & other non-alcoholic beverages

• Sunglasses • Toilet paper

GRAYLING Amateur Radio Association of Hanson Hills ~ for the excellent radio communication support during the race.

• Thermos of hot coffee or hot chocolate

JC Milliken ~ for moving the bleachers and setting them up for us. WUPS ~ for Radio Network, help with the VIP Area

The Old AuSable ~ for hosting the race start.

I-2000 ~ for our internet service

Penrod’s Canoe Livery ~ for hosting the time trials, Wednesday thru Friday.

Camren Wilson, Chad Patterson and Carol Lovely ~ for being our emcees for the pre race program

Borcher’s Canoe Livery & Carlisle Canoe Livery ~ for providing additional parking during the time trials.

Hanson Hills ~ for running the Business Relays and the Arctic Glacier Mini Marathon

Gott’s Canoe Livery, Mio ~ for providing use of their facilities during the Marathon.

Grayling High School Wrestling Team ~ for helping set up the Start line area

George Blaha ~ for participating in the Opening Ceremonies and cutting our radio spots.

Katelyn Moore ~ for the great job she does designing and painting the street start line

Camp Grayling & the Michigan National Guard ~ for logistical support and the Color Guard for the prerace program.

OSCODA

Crawford County Road Commission ~ for logistical support.

AuSable Township

Lacey Stephan and Dave Burr ~ for all your work putting up signs and at the Time Trials Knights of Columbus ~ Sponsorship of the Special Olympics event Save-A-Lot ~ for providing food for the Special Olympics event Ellen Thompson ~ for singing the National Anthem at the Time Trials and prerace program.

Oscoda Township Iosco County Road Commission Bruce Myles ~ for generously providing viewing area at the finish-line. Dave & Pat Dailey ~ for all of your great support. IOSCO ARES/RACES ~ for their great radio support throughout the race. Honeydo Maintenance and Lawn Care

VIP Area ~ Suzanne Schlachter

Miss Iosco Title Holders

Raffle tickets are sponsored by Century 21 Real Estate of Grayling

American Legion Post 274 Oscoda 4078

Children who presented the State and Province flags at the pre-race program

Oscoda/AuSable Chamber of Commerce

Walt Tilson and Mark Binert ~ for coordinating the pre-race program Colin Hunter and Jason Thompson ~ for assistance with the Time Trials Past and Current paddlers who were members of our Armed Forces and National Guard and honored at the pre-race program Members of the Marathon Competition Committee ~ for oversight of the rules Members of the Marathon Canoe Measuring Team Members of the Coast Guard ~ for handling the canoe inspections. The people that worked selling merchandise at the store Eric Podjaski downtown location for merchandise sales Crawford AuSable Schools ~ for use of their bleachers

Oscoda Lions Club Huron Tent and Event Rental ~ for the VIP tent at the Finish Line AuSable Marathon Queen - Amanda Denney AND THANKS, ALSO, TO The Sheriff’s Departments of Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona & Iosco Counties; Crawford County EMS; Grayling City Police Department; Iosco County EMS; Oscoda Township Police Department; Oscoda Township Fire Department; Oscoda Township Water Rescue; Oscoda Area First Responders; the Curtis First Responders, Inc.; MMR - Mobile Medical Response; Michigan State Police, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources; and, the United States Forest Service All the Volunteers ~ for assistance with the many jobs, including canoe measureing, raffle ticket sales, distribution of program books, distribution of spectator guides, timing, staffing the race offices of Oscoda and Graying, running the pre-race programs and doing all the other basic tasks that make the Marathon a success

2016 Viewing & Parking Alerts Crawford County - Stephan, Wakeley, and McMasters Bridges ~ will be closed to all vehicle traffic during the race. Spectator vehicles will not be allowed to cross the river at these points. Oscoda County - Paramalee Bridge ~ will be closed to spectators but passable to vehicles. No portable light will be available. If you are viewing the race from here, there are good sites along the campground on the north side or at the public access site on the south. Mio Dam* ~ Better viewing is available at the bottom of the dam on the fishing pier and across the river on the new fishing platform. Spectators will not be allowed on the spillway. There is a walkway from the MDOT parking lot, south of M 72, under the bridge to the dam. Spectators must stay clear of the pathway and the put-in area as the teams portage. McKinley Bridge ~ Spectators will not be allowed to stand on the bridge to watch the race. Please watch from the north or south sides of the river. 4001 Bridge ~ U.S. Forest Service may be issuing tickets for parking at the boat launch site without a valid parking pass. Alcona Dam* ~ The Bamfield Road bridge crossing the AuSable River at Alcona Dam is CLOSED! Spectators are to park and view the race from the East Side ("Glennie side") of the river. Feeders will use the alternate route supplied in your team's race packet. Only feeders will be allowed into the dam parking lot. Loud Dam* ~ Spectators are NOT allowed into Loud Dam. Spectators should go to Five Channels Dam. Feeder parking will be allowed on only one side of the road to prevent traffic congestion. 5 Channels Dam* ~ Pedestrians and vehicles will not be permitted on the new bridge, but spectators are allowed on the old bridge. Parking in the dam parking lot is for feeders only. Spectators can park in a large field at the top of the hill on the north side of the road. Cooke Dam* ~ Is open to spectators but no loitering is allowed while crossing the dam to the viewing area. Foote Dam* ~ Spectators will not be allowed on the dam but, spectators are encouraged to view the race on the new viewing platform. Only feeders will be allowed into the dam area. Whirlpool near Oscoda ~ Everyone must park in the parking lot and not in the boat launch. US Forest Service will be issuing tickets at this area. * Consumer Energy Properties No Alcoholic Beverages will be permitted. All coolers will be checked and beverages will be confiscated. Please be respectful of the people working security. They have been posted there because of Homeland Security rules and regulations.


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Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of Grayling

Zaveral Racing Equipment Century 21 of Grayling, MI

Paddler #1: Dominic Chamberland, 35 - Champlain, Quebec

Paddler #1: MIchael Schlimmer, 30 - Rochester, NY

Occupation: Kinesiology

Occupation: Software Engineer

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: A new experience. Most memorable Marathon experience:

# Started: 8

Best Finish: 3rd

Attracted to the Marathon by: It's a cool race. Most memorable Marathon experience: Last year's 3rd place finish.

Paddler #2: Daniel St-Arnaud, 37 - Trois Rivieres, Quebec

Paddler #2: Ben Schlimmer, 27 - Oneonta, NY

Occupation: Kinesiology

Occupation: IT Programmer Analyst

# Started: 0

Most Recent: 2015

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: Triple Crown Racing Most memorable Marathon experience:

# Started: 8

Best Finish: 3rd

Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: 2nd state of the triple crown. Most memorable Marathon experience: 3rd place in 2015.

Sponsors:

Sponsors:

Kalitta Air R & J Screen Printing

Swanson's Excavating Michigan Fit Club Paddler #1: Rick Gillings, 59 - Prescott, MI

Paddler #1: Lawrence Bourgeois, 39 - Oscoda, MI

Occupation:

Occupation: Aircraft Maintenance Tech. # Started: 1

# Started: 13 Best Finish: 14th Most Recent: 2015

Best Finish: 66th Most Recent: 2014

Attracted to the Marathon by: Family Most memorable Marathon experience: Paddling with my grandson in

Attracted to the Marathon by: The amount of dedication that it takes. Most memorable Marathon experience: Hearing a campfire rendering of "Eye of the

2014 Marathon.

Tiger" as we approached their campsite.

Paddler #2: Peggy English, 57 - Oscoda, MI

Paddler #2: Bill Mahaffy Jr., 36 - Grayling, MI

Occupation: Work for Gary Oil

Occupation: Insurance Adjuster # Started: 1

# Started: 1

Best Finish: 60th Most Recent: 2015

Best Finish: 66th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Fame, fortune and the pursuit of the American Dream. Most memorable Marathon experience: Hearing my children cheer me on.

Attracted to the Marathon by: The sport and love of the river. Most memorable Marathon experience: My first, last year with Rod Matthews.

Sponsors:

Truly Yours Hobart's Furniture Paddler #1: Nate Tate, 30 - Portage, MI Occupation: Engineering Manager

# Started: 5

Best Finish: 40th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Growing up in Oscoda and watching the finish every

yea with my dad.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing my first Marathon after failing the

first 2x's.

Paddler #2: Adam Fujita, 34 - Grand Rapids, MI Occupation: Physical Therapist

# Started: 0

Best Finish: N/A

Most Recent: N/A

Attracted to the Marathon by: Feeding for friends in previous years and my own

participation in toher ultra-marathons.

Most memorable Marathon experience: 2015- Watching boats #96 #21 paddle to-

gether and then #96 pull away at Alcona.

Sponsors:

Stephenson Consulting Group of Martindale, Texas The Honorable Monte J. Burmeister Proud to Support the Marathon Paddler #1: Kyle Manner, 31 - Martindale, TX Occupation: Property Loss Consultant

# Started: 3

Best Finish: 10th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Tough competition Most memorable Marathon experience: 10th place in Marathon

Paddler #2: Logan Mynar, 25 - San Antonio, TX Occupation: Law Student

# Started: 2

Best Finish: 10th Most Recent: 2015

Attracted to the Marathon by: Competition, paddling in front of thousands

of spectators.

Most memorable Marathon experience: Finishing 10th in the 2015 Marathon.

For nearly twenty years the Grayling Knights of Columbus has teamed up with the Marathon committee to conduct the Special Olympics race. This year's event will take place Friday July 29 at 2:45 PM during the Marathon Time Trials at Penrods' Canoe Livery.

The AuSable River Canoe Marathon's Special Olympics Event!

In this heartwarming event, professional Marathon paddlers are paired up with area Special Olympians to paddle a short looped course upstream and back down in an aluminum canoe. It is not a long endurance race like the one held the next day, but to these 25 or so very special participants it is far more important. To them it is more than just a minute or two of fun; it is something they look forward to for a whole year. It is their time to be part of the action! If you have never had the opportunity to watch Melinda Skagerberg soak Dwight Walker then you have missed out on a really neat experience. Sure they don’t run down Peninsular Avenue carrying their canoes, but I guarantee you they have a whole lot more fun. Seeing their huge smiles when they cross the fi nish line or when they receive their participation medal makes this a great event.

#HupAllNight

This event has created many long lasting friendships. These include Jimmy Roman paddling with Bill Torongo along with Wendy Allison paddling with Jeff DeFeo. Wendy Allison even attends the Marathon start and fi nish line to cheer on her partner, Jeff DeFeo. Although the friendships all might not be as strong as these few, you never go a few steps without seeing pictures being taken, stories being told and memories being made. Each year the Marathon Committee donates a portion of the Marathon entry fees to Michigan Special lympics. To date such donations have totaled close to $20,000. The check is presented during the awards ceremony held at Penrod’s. This ceremony consists of a small cookout allowing the Special Olympian a greater opportunity to interact with the other paddlers.


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Meet the Six Dams That Help Form the Character of the AuSable River Canoe Marathon Consumers Energy river hydro dams have been integral to each AuSable River Canoe Marathon the last 69 years. In fact the oldest dam along the race course began providing renewable, water-generated electricity to Michigan residents 36 years before the first Marathon champions crossed the finish line. To AuSable River Canoe Marathon fans, the dams provide convenient locations along the river to view the action and cheer on the competitors. To the competitors, the dams equal destinations to mark their progress, stretch their legs and accept muchneeded snacks and drinks from friendly volunteers. Top racers also recognize each dam has unique characteristics that influence their paddling strategies that can make or break their finishing times.

left side recreation site provides spectators the best opportunity to view the race as well as park safely. Alcona Dam construction was completed in 1924 and has an 8 megawatt capacity. The plant was originally named Bamfield Dam after a nearby road.

where the dam was built. Race teams begin arriving at this site about 7:45 a.m. Five Channels is listed on the National Register of Historical Places because the camp used by workers building the facility served as a model for worker camps during construction of the Panama Canal. Five Channels provides significant race viewing

Foote Dam

Mio Dam

With the downhill sprint and splashy launch of their canoes in Grayling during daylight a fading memory that has given way to a cadence of powerful paddle strokes and eyes accustomed to darkness, Canoe Marathoners are relieved to reach Mio Dam. At this first portage, they get the welcomed opportunity to walk, run, stretch their legs and get energized to continue their trek from the roaring greetings from appreciative fans. Mio Dam recreation sites located on both sides of the river immediately downstream of the dam provide spectators multiple locations to view the race. Mio Dam construction was completed in 1916 and has a 4 megawatt capacity. The plant, recognized as a State Historical Site, was the first dam to utilize a conduit, or under sluice spillway. Race teams begin arriving at the site at approximately 2:15 a.m.

Alcona Dam

Race teams begin arriving at Alcona Dam, the second portage along the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, about 5:30 a.m. The reservoir behind Alcona Dam is known for its thick fog, and the sun rising about the time the racers reach this destination is a welcome sight to them, as it begins burning off the fog and it signals the end of a long night of paddling. The Alcona Tailwater or

transmission, as it transmitted 140,000 volts for 125 miles to Flint, Mich. Named for the banker who assisted in financing the project, Andrew Cooke, it is the fifth of six portages along the Marathon route. Race teams begin arriving at this site about 8:45 a.m. Cooke Dam provides ample race viewing opportunities either at the various upstream recreation sites or at the downstream recreation site. Cooke Dam construction was completed in 1911 and has a 6 megawatt capacity.

Loud Dam

Loud Dam is the third portage along the Marathon route. Race teams begin arriving at this site about 7:20 a.m. The river hydro plant is named after Ed Loud, a local lumber baron who owned much of the land along the AuSable River from Grayling to Oscoda. Consumers Energy purchased the property directly from Mr. Loud. Entry to Loud Dam and parking is limited to team feeders and race officials who have official Marathon parking passes at Loud Dam. Fans should look to utilize the Five Channels Dam site which is located a short distance downriver, where highway M-65 crosses over the AuSable River. Loud Dam construction was completed in 1913 and has a 4 megawatt capacity.

Five Channels

Not far below Loud Dam is the fourth portage on the route of the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, Five Channels – so named because the AuSable River contained five distinct channels

opportunities either at the canoe portage or the old M-65 bridge. Parking and standing on the new M-65 bridge is not allowed. Parking for spectators is possible on both the south side and north side of the river and a little walking may be required. This is also where the Rabaska (R-9) race will start this year at approximately 6:30 a.m. Five Channels Dam construction was completed in 1912 and has a 6 megawatt capacity.

Cooke Dam

Cooke Dam is listed on the National Register of Historical Places for holding the world record at the time for voltage and distance

Savvy paddlers aiming for a strong finish at the AuSable River Canoe Marathon incorporate strategies to deal with stiff winds and waves that are often encountered in the water behind Foote Dam, the sixth and final portage along the Marathon route. This project is named for William A. Foote, founder of present day Consumers Energy. Race teams begin arriving at this site about 10 a.m. Foote Dam provides spectators a great opportunity to view the race from the recently renovated Foote Tailwater recreation site. Spectators are not allowed access to the dam and retaining wall. Foote Dam construction was completed in 1918 and has a 9 megawatt capacity. Fastest Times In 1996, Jeff Kolka and Serge Corbin set the record for fastest times to five of the six dams along the Marathon. They reached Mio Dam in 5 hours, six minutes, 31 seconds; Alcona Dam in 8 hours, 17 minutes, 21 seconds; Loud Dam in 10 hours, six minutes, 47 seconds; Five Channels in 10 hours, 30 minutes, 37 seconds; and Cooke Dam in 11 hours, 31 minutes, 7 seconds. The fastest time to Foote Dam was recorded in 1994 by the team of Serge Corbin and Solomon Carriere. Their time: 12 hours, 41 minutes, 2 seconds.


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FANS THRILLED

Sisters set course to fulfill dream By Tereasa Nims

Racing of voyager canoes - Rabaskas - comes to the Marathon as teams travel from Quebec to compete.

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third stage of the Triple Crown of Canoe Racing. This year, Rabaska racing is making its debut at the AuSable River Canoe Marathon! Rabaska competitors from Quebec are travelling to Michigan with their big canoes for the Inaugural Rabaska Race at the AuSable Canoe Marathon. The Rabaska Race will start at 6:30 a.m., Sunday morning, July 31, at Consumers Energy’s five Channels Dam (south of Glennie on M-65). Following the start, in the Five Channels dam pond, the big canoes will paddle one long buoyturn loop in the pond before portaging the dam and heading downstream to Oscoda. Fans will also have excellent viewing opportunities at consumer Energy’s Cooke and Foote

Dams and at the Oscoda Finish Line, where the Rabaskas are expected to arrive at approximately 11:00 a.m. Sunday. Follow a Fantastic Week of North America’s Best Canoe Racing Action! Fans can follow all of the week’s AuSable Canoe Marathon Racing Action – • On the Marathon’s Official Radio Stations - 98.5 UPS & 92.1 The Twister, and Hits-FM 103.3 & 94.9 • On the Marathon Website – www.AuSableCanoeMarathon. org • On Facebook – Facebook. com/AuSableCanoeMarathon. org • On the Marathon’s YouTube Channel – YouTube.com/ AuSableCanoeMarathon • And on Instagram, Twitter nd Snapchat - @AuSableMarathon #HupAllNight

GRAYLING – Katie, 27, and Kristi Treston, 22, grew up watching the AuSable River Canoe Marathon and it became their “life dream” to one day cross the finish line. Now, they are preparing to do it again for the second year in a row. For Christmas 2013, their mother Jan Treston, of Grayling and their father Paul Aurand, of Port Huron surprised the sisters with a Gillies canoe. “Our mom said it was time to go and make our dreams come true.” Katie, a trauma physician’s assistant at Munson Medical, said she and her sister, Kristi, a nursing student at Western Michigan University, immediately got in the boat and began to train. In 2015 the sisters entered the race after more than 200 hours of training and finished 64th. They hope for an earlier finish this year because they smoothed out some difficulties from the 2015 race. “It was so difficult,” Katie said of the race, noting there were struggles along the 120-mile jaunt. “We could not stay up-right. It took a lot of mental grit and it was intense.” However, prior to the 2015 race finish line, the sisters made a commitment to race again this year.

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“I would not want to do it with any other partner,” Katie said of racing with her sister. She said seeing the finish line was so “amazing.” “The best moment for me was when I saw the light of the Mio Dam cutoff,” she said. Katie said other paddlers said if teams make it to that point, they have a good chance of finishing the race. “The stars had aligned and we could hear the cheers and we knew we were going to make it to the cutoff. The sisters started training for the race in November and paddled all through the winter, Katie said. “We’ve trained together a lot, at least a couple times a week,” she said. Yet, Katie said they couldn’t do it without a tribe. Katie is thankful to their feed team, her co-workers who covered her shift so she could train or qualify for the race, their father who taught them a strong work ethic and especially to their mom, also a nurse, who is the team captain. “We call her Mama Manager,” Katie said. For more information on the 2016 AuSable River Canoe Marathon and/or follow teams during the July 30 and 31 race days, visit http:// www.ausablecanoemarathon.org/


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ITH A CAPACITY of 9,000 kilowatts, the hydro was completed in 1918. It is located nine miles upstream from Lake Huron and is named for William A. Foote, the founder of Consumers Power, which later became Consumers Energy. ConsumersEnergy.com/hydro

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