Kenduskeag Canoe Race is back in force


The race is scheduled for Saturday, April 16.

KENDUSKEAG, Maine – Hundreds of paddlers from across the country will soon be jumping into their canoes and taking to the water – some even wearing funky hats and creative costumes.

This can only mean that the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race is almost back for its 55th season.

The 16.5 mile race, organized by the Bangor Dept. of Parks & Recreation, begins in the town of Kenduskeag and ends near the Penobscot River in downtown Bangor, next to the Sea Dog Brewing Company.

“He’s definitely a Maine state icon,” said Debbie Gendreau, assistant director of the Bangor Department of Parks and Recreation. “People do it every year. There are people who are over 80 doing it again this year. People have run up to it 53 times out of 55, which is an incredible feat.

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For the past two years, the canoe race has either been canceled or minimized due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But he’s back in full force this year.

Gendreau told the NEWS CENTER Maine that there will be no limit on participants like last year and people can even register on race day.

By April 8, paddlers must register if they’re looking for the cheapest option, which costs $45 per person. From April 8 to April 14, registration will cost $65. If paddlers register the day before or the day of the race, registration is $75.

“There’s a lot in there,” said Tim Baude, a hobby programmer. “We need to get our search and rescue teams together to keep everyone safe along the river, we need to talk to the state to get a certificate to run on the river.”

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For more information about the race or to register, click here to go to the race website.


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