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— $30.00 entry fee per team if Pre-Registered.
— $40.00 entry fee per team day of event, if not Pre-Registered
— Check-In Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. for both Expert 1 and Expert 2’s at Cooke Dam. If Pre-Registered, you must check-in at the registration table and sign a waiver. To Pre-Register, download the C-2 Pre-Registration Form below. Fill out the form and mail to:
Curley Memorial Canoe Race, 5218 Cedar Lake Road, Oscoda, MI. 48750
Make checks payable to Justin Griffith. Pre-Registration forms must be received by July 11th. 2016.
— Race Course: Race starts at 9:00 a.m. at the embankment wall of Cooke Dam; canoers paddle upstream to round a buoy, and then come back to portage over the dam and continue downstream; canoers portage a second time at Foote Dam and then proceed to the Finish Line just upstream of the AuSable Inn. Expert 2’s will start first, with the Expert 1’s starting when the last Expert 2 team has portaged Cooke Dam.
— Winning time is about 2.5 hrs.
— The Pre-Race Briefing is MANDATORY for all racers. A roll-call may be accomplished to verify attendance.
— Following the C-2 race, there is a MCRA Awards Picnic (approximately 1:00 p.m.), at the American Legion Pavilion, 349 S. State St., Oscoda. A donation jar will be setup, and donation proceeds go to benefit the MCRA Canoers Memorial on River Rd. Eating begins around 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with awards following.
— Racers who fail to receive their prize at the Awards Picnic, will have their prize donated to the MCRA Canoers Memorial.
— Total Expert 1 & Expert 2 Prize Purse of $3,500; a minimum of the Top 50 Expert 1 teams, and the Top 10 Expert 2 teams will earn prizes.
C-1 Race – Sunday July 17, 2016
— Race Course: Race starts at 10:00 a.m. at the AuSable Children’s Park. Paddlers will race two (2) laps from Children’s Park to round a buoy just downstream of the railroad trestle bridge, and back. This allows for better spectating of the paddlers in town.
— Winning time is about 1 hr.
— Awards immediately following the conclusion of the C-1 race at the AuSable Children’s Park.
- Be advised, the portage at Foote Dam has been narrowed due to recent erosion-prevention and reinforcement construction to the seawall. The seawall has been raised about 2 feet, but has an opening about 22′ wide with a concrete staircase. Portaging over the seawall, which has been the common method for many years, is prohibited. Please use care and sportsmanlike conduct when/if portaging with other teams.
- The dam and portage are closed off to all spectators. Spectators are encouraged to view the race at new viewing platform next to the dam, at Rea Road Bridge, the River Road Scenic Overlook near Footesite, and at the U.S. Forest Service Whirlpool Boat Launch (a fee is required to park there).
- Stairs have been installed at the bottom of the Foote Dam portage, at the re-entry to the river. More information will be provided at the Pre-Race Briefing.
- The parking lot on the north side of the AuSable Inn will be closed to paddlers the day of the race. Do not park in the AuSable River Trading Post parking lot. Also, no food or beverage (especially alcoholic beverages) shall be consumed on AuSable Inn property unless purchased from the AuSable Inn. More information will be provided at the Pre-Race Briefing.
The Curley Memorial Canoe Race is a Michigan Canoe Racing Association sanctioned event.