Michigan tough spectator race

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Sand River (Amy Hudechek/Getty Images)

Fans also participate in the Au Sable River Canoe Marathon

Grayling, Mich.

Jhe the first time Jorden Wakeley participated in the Au Sable River Canoe Marathon, he crashed into a support supporting the Parmalee Bridge: “My partner wanted to go one way and I wanted to go the other,” he says . The impact threw him and his gear out of the boat and into the water. Wakeley recovered and continued racing, but he learned how badly he could go when paddling at high speeds and in the dark of night.

Wakeley recalled that story shortly before the start of this year’s event on July 24, when he and Matt Meersman joined

This article appears as “Tough Spectator Race” in the August 16, 2021 print edition of National exam.

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John J. Miller, National Correspondent for National exam and host of his Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.


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