Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race

Register For The 2009 Race Online!

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The Bangor Dept. of Parks & Recreation released the latest preregistration form for the 2009 Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race.

Download it here. (PDF file)

Wouldn't it be cool if you could register for the race online?
Well, now you can! Check it out here.

Recreation program director Tim Baude mentioned that the traditional preregistration (ie., walking into the Parks & Rec office with your form and your check) is still an option, but many might prefer the convenience of registering directly online.

Whether you register online or in person, remember that registering early saves you time & money. ($18 per paddler for preregistration; $35 per paddler if you wait until race day).

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Share Your Kenduskeag Stories & Yarns

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My blog is going into hibernation until March, 2009.

In the meantime, I invite you to read through all of the archived blog entries and associated comments.

And please share (via comments) your favorite canoe race experiences, memories, anecdotes or observations whether you paddled the Kenduskeag or were a vulture. From any year.

I'll check in from time to time and I will compile your stories for posterity in the Kenduskeag website for next year.

Later days, amigos! Keep your paddle in the water.
-Mike

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2008 Kenduskeag Race Results Now Online

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Bangor Parks & Recreation released the race results for the 2008 Kenduskeag today.

Kenduskeag Race Results (2008) - this is a PDF document.

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Looking Ahead To Some Other Canoe Races

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The Kenduskeag was a great way for many paddlers to welcome in the spring season. So now what?

Well, there are plenty of other races held in Maine which are on the near horizon:

5/3 - Meduxnekeag River Race - (8 miles, Houlton)

And how about this one:

5/10 - 5/11 - Aroostook River 60 Mile Canoe & Kayak Race (60 miles, Ashland to Ft. Fairfield - can be completed in one or two days.)

For more information about all of these races and many other races held in Maine, please visit MaCKRO's race calendar.

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Paddle To The Sea....On DVD

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This has absolutely nothing to do with the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, but I thought I'd toss it onto the blog anyway. Janus Films and Criterion (a high quality, class act when it comes to film restoration and releases) are bringing a classic short film from 1966 to DVD this week.

Based on the classic children's book of the same title by Holling C. Holling, this film version of "Paddle To The Sea" was nominated for an Academy Award.

Many people around my age group (40ish) might remember this film from our grade school days, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth and our teachers used Bell & Howell 16mm film projectors in the classroom. Directed by Bill Mason, the 28 minute film depicts the travels of a schoolboy's hand carved canoe in the Great Lakes region of the upper Midwest, all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

While I'm not a corporate shill, it's worth noting that the DVD can be purchased for a bit less than $12 on Amazon, for example. I'm looking forward to watching a short subject film I haven't seen since I sat next to (and flirted with) Danielle Hornsby in the 4th grade.

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Bangor Daily News Race Video & Article

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And I'd be remiss in my blogging duties if I failed to mention John Holyoke's post race article.

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Lost & Found Box (2008)

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If you have lost a boat and/or other gear, you may post your information here for others to see. Good luck!

Conversely, if you are a good samaritan who has found something belonging to someone else (or spotted it somewhere) and would like to try to alert the owner, this is a good place to give it a shot. Thank you for your help!

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Kenduskeag Water Lookin' Good For All Paddlers!

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Over 700 paddlers are registered for the 2008 race, not counting race day registrations!

Powerhouse paddlers Robert Lang (eleven time winner of the Kenduskeag) is returning to the Kenduskeag this year, and Trevor McLean will be participating in this year's race as well.

And from today's Bangor Daily News, quoting Bangor Parks & Recreation director Tracy Willette:

"I think the stream is at a pretty good level for everybody. Not too low, not too high," Willette said. "I think it’s going to be a pretty good course for everybody. I think the technical paddlers, the experienced paddlers, will enjoy it, and I think the beginners and recreational paddlers will have a good course to run."

Read the rest of John Holyoke's article here for more information and last-minute tips!

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Group Paddle Today, And You're Invited!

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The general public is invited to participate in a hands-on "preview" of the whitewater sections of the Kenduskeag Stream today!

Meet up near the area where the Kenduskeag Stream enters the Penobscot River (near the Sea Dog) at 4pm. You and your boat will be shuttled to Six Mile Falls, and you can paddle your way back to town under the guidance and tutelage of experienced paddlers who will go at your pace and skill level. Bring a dry change of clothes for when you get back to town!

This event is hosted by MaCKRO, the Maine Canoe & Kayak Racing Organization.

PS - on race day (Saturday) a special open house event will take place at the Sea Dog restaurant following the race, at 3pm. There will be snacks and live entertainment provided for anyone who wishes to attend after the race. And if you'd like to join MaCKRO, a special introductory rate of just five bucks will get you there.

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Old Town Canoe Offers Prizes For Fastest Boats

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Celebrating 110 years in the business, Old Town Canoe has offered to award a canoe to the fastest overall craft in this year's Kenduskeag, as well as an Old Town canoe to the fastest Old Town canoe, and an Old Town kayak to the fastest Old Town kayak in the race. Sweet!

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