June races slated for paddlers

Posted June 05, 2009, at 8:20 p.m.

Paddlers looking for a competitive outlet may want to consider heading to Piscataquis County for two upcoming races.

On June 13, the annual Moose Mania celebration will culminate with the Moose River Canoe and Kayak Race.

According to a press release, the race began in 1995 as a memorial to late craftsman and outdoorsman Fred Reckards. Reckards built cedar rib and plank canoes by hand from 1970 until 1994.

Registration for the race will be held at 9 a.m. at the Rockwood Community Building on Route 15. Pre-registration is encouraged, and those who pre-register are guaranteed a post-race lunch — others will be served while supplies last.

The race begins at 11 a.m.

According to the Maine Canoe and Kayak Racing Organization, the 7.5-mile race consists of mostly flat water with one Class I or II whitewater section, and includes a short portage. Race organizers say paddlers may well see a moose while portaging.

Organizers encourage younger paddlers to take part, and to spur that youthful participation awards will be handed out in high school and college divisions. Among the prizes, a $300 scholarship will go to the fastest college one-person canoe or kayak, and a $150 scholarship will be given to each paddler in the fastest two-person canoe or kayak.

For more information, contact Paula Jean Lunt at 372-8195 or lunt@mackro.org.

On June 20, the fourth annual Sebec River Canoe & Kayak Race will be held.

Paddlers will compete in nine racing and recreational divisions in an event that has served as a fundraiser for the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club of Milo and Brownville.

Registration will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. near the starting line at the Sebec Reading Room.

The race begins at 10 a.m., and is the ninth in the 10-race MaCKRO downriver series.

The course consists of flat water, along with Class II whitewater.

For more information, contact Bobby Ellingson at 943-2317.

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