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Updated story: Preparing for the 47th annual Raisin River Canoe Race

sean Apr 13, 2019 - 1:01pm

Mother Nature seems to have finally put winter behind her, though today's glorious weather is not forecast to extend into Sunday, for the 47th running of the Raisin River Canoe Race.

Rain that was originally expected Sunday evening is now forecast to push into our region earlier, perhaps as early as noon, along with cooler temperatures. It looks like it will be approximately 5 degrees Celsius and dry to start the race. For an updated forecast, follow this link

Participants

If you missed the opportunity for online registration (or had been putting it off), you can still sign up to participate in any of the divisions on race morning, starting at 9 a.m. at St. Andrew's Catholic School (17283 County Rd. 18, St. Andrew's West). Note, only cash payment will be accepted.

For entrants who pre-registered, you can pick up your numbers as early as 8:30 a.m.

The traditional pre-race breakfast will be served at the St. Andrew's Knights of Columbus (St. Andrew's Parish Hall, 17298 County Rd. 18, St. Andrew's West) from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The first boats will enter the water at 10:30 a.m., travelling the approximately 30 km route downstream to Williamstown.

From 1 p.m. onwards, shower and changeroom facilities will be open at the Char-Lan Recreation Centre, 19740 John Street in Williamstown.

The post-race dinner fundraiser hosted by the St. Mary's Community Centre at the Char-Lan Recreation Centre runs from 1 to 6 p.m.

Awards will be mailed out to category winners, as well as the second and third-place finishers, in the week following the event.

Spectators

For spectators, there are numerous vantage points along the river route, but one of the highlights is undoubtedly at the dam in Martintown.

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One week until the Raisin River Canoe Race

sean Apr 7, 2019 - 1:39pm

The 2019 edition of the Raisin River Canoe Race is just a week away, scheduled for Sunday, April 14, running the traditional course from St. Andrew's West downstream to Williamstown, a distance of just over 30 kilometres.

Online registration, at a reduced rate, is available until April 11. To register or for more information, please see the Raisin Region Conservation Authority canoe race web page here.

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2019 canoe race date pegged for April 14

sean Jan 8, 2019 - 10:43am

The 2019 edition of the Raisin River Canoe Race is scheduled to be held on Sunday, April 14. Online registration for the 30 km run downstream from St. Andrew's to Williamstown is now available here

The event first took place in 1973 and has been held all but one year since.

There are various categories of entry, including recreational, professional, student, and kayaks. 

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Raisin River Canoe Race sees 195 entries under glorious weather

sean Apr 9, 2017 - 3:56pm

High water levels and warm sunshine greeted the 195 entries in the Raisin River Canoe Race today. Among the changes for the 2017 race, the start line was moved 5 km downstream, and portaging was required in Martintown – both for safety reasons. 

As always, your dedicated Glengarry county information source, The Glengarry News, was there covering the event, with two reporters/photographers. We will have photos, results, and more in the next edition of the newspaper.

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Boats approach the portage point in Martintown. (Sean Bray photo)

Raisin River Canoe Race on Sunday expected to be a fast one

sean Apr 7, 2017 - 2:01pm

With rains this week, the water level is very high on the Raisin River, which on Sunday will feature the 45th annual canoe and kayak race.

Updating the story we have for you in The Glengarry News this week, Lissa Deslandes of the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (organizers of the race), confirms that the race is on.

The matter of allowing participants to shoot the dam in Martintown, however, is pending, as conditions are currently too dangerous to allow it. Should the water level be as high on Sunday, paddlers will be prevented from going over the dam and instead forced to portage around it. A final decision will be made by the safety crew on race morning. You can check out some photos of current conditions on the RRCA canoe race Facebook page here

Online registration is closed. Entries are accepted on race day, however, starting at 8:30 a.m. If you are inclined to fill out the registration form out ahead of time, it can be accessed here. Waivers can be signed when you pick up your canoe race number at the registration table, at St. Andrew's Catholic School, which is also the race start point.

No further canoe rentals are available.

Paddlers and the general public might be interested in the pre-race breakfast, available for $6 at St. Andrew's Parish, available from 8 a.m. onwards.

The awards banquet will be held at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre in Williamstown, with entertainment and a spaghetti supper on tap.

Each finisher of the race receives a medal. Check out the special edition medals available this year:

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Raisin River Canoe Race medal for 2017. (Photo courtesy of RRCA)