30th Annual ‘Round the Mountain Canoe and Kayak Race Results
A late ice out had local paddlers yearning for the season opening canoe and kayak races in Saranac Lake. The ‘Round the Mountain Canoe and Kayak Races took place Saturday, May 12, 2018 under light winds and sunny skies. Nearly 100 paddlers entered in guide boats, solo, tandem and 4 person canoes and a variety of kayaks. The event was sanctioned as a New York State Marathon Canoe Racing Association (NYMCRA) canoe and kayak points race drawing many competitive paddlers from across the state.
The race start line was on the beach of Ampersand Bay Resort. The resort crew did a great job of cleaning up the venue in a short time due to high water and lingering ice conditions in preparation for the event. PFD’s were mandatory as water temperatures were only in the low 50’s. Paddlers headed out of Ampersand Bay, past Eagle Island and turned right in front of Bluff Island down the Saranac River and over the carry around the Lower Locks. After the carry participants paddled through Oseetah Lake to the finish line on Lake Flower in Saranac Lake.
The Fastest time of the day went to Jim Mallory of West Henrietta in an unlimited kayak crossing the finish line at 1:23:08. The fastest canoe was Mark Winter of Bloomingdale and Shane MacDowell of Lake Placid. Their time was 1:26:03. Other local winners included Jennifer Okonuk of Owls Head in the One Person Guide Boat class; 2:12:41, Allison Doty of Saranac Lake in the Solo Recreation class; 2:03:30, Doug Roode of Lake Placid in the C-1 Stock Class; 1:56:23, Janet Findlay and Dave Hunter of Lake Placid in the C-2 Amateur mixed over 50 class; 1:32:54, Roger Gocking of Saranac Lake in the Touring Kayak over 50 class; 1:35:13, Royal McDonnell of Paul Smiths in the Unlimited Kayak under 50 class; 1:25:59, and the Blue Crusher Flower team of Beth Donnelly, Heidi Kretser, Jen Perry and Nancy Bernstein winning the C-4 Women’s Class in 1:46:36. For complete results see below or go to the Adirondack Watershed Alliance pages of www.macscanoe.com.
Race organizers, The Adirondack Watershed Alliance (AWA), would like to thank the volunteers, Saranac Lake Police, and the Adirondack Amateur Radio Association for their support at the event. The AWA contributes a portion of the proceeds of the event to the local Ham Radio Association.
The next paddle sport activities on the calendar include the Tupper Lake Races, June 2 and The Celebrate Paddling Adirondacks programs going on the entire month of June. For details go to www.celebratepaddlingadk.com. The next AWA event will be the Adirondack Canoe Classic, the three day, 90 Mile paddling adventure from Old Forge to Saranac Lake, September 7 - 9, 2018. Entry forms go out in the mail in mid-June and entry is limited to 250 boats. For more information visit www.macscanoeadk.com or call the canoe race hot line at 518 - 891 - 2744.
2018 Race Schedule PDF
2018 USCA Nationals.
The 2018 edition of this premier race event is being hosted by the New York Marathon Canoe Racing Association (NYMCRA) and will be held Aug 9-12 in the greater Syracuse area. This will be the first time NY plays host to the USCA Nationals since they were held in Syracuse in 1995. The races will be held on the outlet of Onondaga Lake and the Seneca River, part of the historic Erie Canal
Find out more www.cnynationals.org