Androscoggin Canoe Race scheduled for August 27

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RUMFORD – Come have fun and help celebrate 50 yearse anniversary of the Clean Water Act. What better place to do that than on the upper Androscoggin River and the birthplace of Edmund Muskie, author of the Historic Clean Water Act.

This year’s race will take place at the Rumford Route 2 boat launch on August 27, with two separate course lengths starting and ending at the boat launch. The 10-mile race starts at 10 a.m. followed at 10:30 a.m. by the 5-mile course. Both courses start descending around Wheeler Island, then upstream to a turnaround buoy and back to the start/finish line.

This event is organized by the paddle sports program of the Chisholm Ski Club. Race updates and online registration can be viewed on the Chisholm Ski Club website: https://Chisholmskiclub.org/paddlesports.

Runner registration and on-site registration begin at 8 a.m. at the boat launch.

Participants must sign a USCA waiver and comply with all USCA flat water racing safety requirements. Life jackets are required for each paddler, as well as a bailer device in each boat.

Race Classes: K-1 Men, K-1 Women, K-1Jr., C-2, C-1 Men, C-1 Women C2-Jr/Sr, C2-Jr., SUP Men, SUP Women,

The 10 mile course also has a Surf Ski class.

Safety on the water will be provided by the Mahoosuc Mountain Search and Rescue Team and the Rumford Fire Department Water Rescue Team.

The cost per person to register will be $20 online until 5 p.m. on August 26 or $35 on race day starting at 8 a.m. The first 100 registrants will receive a free colored t-shirt. There will be food vendors, music and raffles, prizes will be awarded to the top three in each class.

The event is sanctioned by the United States Canoe Association. Partners and sponsors include Turner Publishing, Town of Rumford, Black Mountain of Maine. Community Energy, Androscoggin Watershed Council, Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club, Dan Warner, Preble Family, Rumford Fire Department, Rumford Parks and Recreation, Maine Canoe and Kayak Racing Organization and New England Canoe and Kayak Association.

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