Sebec canoe, kayak races to run today

Posted June 19, 2009, at 9:25 p.m.

SEBEC, Maine — The annual Three Rivers Kiwanis Sebec River Canoe & Kayak Race events will begin at 8 a.m. today, sponsored by the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club of Milo-Brownville.

Kiwanis race chairman Bobby Ellison is optimistic that water levels will be good for the race.

Paddlers will compete in more than 10 racing and recreational classes for canoes and kayaks under the rules of the Maine Canoe & Kayak Racing Organization, or MACKRO.

Popular racing and recreational classes include single kayaks and single canoes for men or women, two-man and two-woman canoes, mixed doubles for men and women, canoes and the Junior-Senior Challenge. Other MACKRO classes include Class I Racing Kayak, Class II Recreational Kayak, Class III Racing Canoe, Class IV Recreational Canoe and Solo Racing Classes.

All paddlers must have personal flotation devices. Some experience with one’s boat in rapids is advised, since there are areas of white-water Class II and flat-water stretches.

Registration for the race is from 9 to 9:45 a.m. and the race will begin at 10 a.m. near the start at the Sebec Reading Room in Sebec Village. The race safety meeting will be at 9:45 a.m. The Milo Fire Department River Rescue team will be on the course during the race to ensure safety.

The reading room will open at 8 a.m. for food and drinks as well as a public restroom. A T-shirt comes with the $15 per-person registration fee. A shuttle service will be available to transport racers back to their cars after the race is over.

Awards for first-, second- and third-place finishes in each class will be awarded at the race finish line at the Sebec River Public Landing in Milo.

There will be live music at the end of the race and refreshments will be on sale.

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