3rd Annual Rabaska/R-9 Event
At the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, July 27-29, 2018
The 3rd Annual AuSable River Canoe Marathon Rabaska/R-9 Race, July 27-29, 2018. Organized in cooperation with Quebec’s Rabaska Racing Association – ACRQ – Canot Marathon R9. Thanks also to Consumers Energy for their support in staging the Rabaska events. Rabaska (voyageur canoe) racing returns to the AuSable Marathon in 2018 with an additional day of racing and the opportunity for fans to experience time in a Rabaska first hand!
2018 Rabaska Racing Events Schedule
- Friday July 27th – Grayling: Approximately 4:30 PM. NEW EVENT.
- For the very first time, Rabaska paddlers will do a demo race from the start line of the Marathon to Mio Dam. The Rabaska paddlers will start for Mio immediately following conclusion of the Marathon Time Trial Sprints.
- Saturday July 28th – Two events in Mio!
- The Rabaska Experience: Meet at the Mio Dam Spillway from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to ride & paddle in one these impressive 25’ long “freighter canoes” with Rabaska racing team paddlers from Quebec and Michigan. Fans are also invited to see the canoes and to meet and chat with the paddlers.
- Mio Pond Racing Action: Beginning at 11:00 a.m., see Rabaska racing action as the teams paddle a looped course between Mio Dam and Camp Ten Bridge. Spectators can view the action from along the Mio Pond shoreline and the Camp Ten Bridge area provides a great view.
- Sunday July 29th – Five Channels Dam at 6:00 a.m.: The Official Rabaska Race of the 2018 AuSable River Canoe Marathon. OFFICIAL RABASKA RACE
- For the third consecutive year, Rabaska canoes will race from Consumers Energy’s Five Channels Dam (south of Glennie on M-65) to Oscoda’s finish line. Following the 6:00 a.m. start in the Five Channels Dam pond, the big canoes will paddle one long buoy-turn loop in the pond before portaging the dam and heading downstream to Oscoda. Fans will also have excellent viewing opportunities at Consumer Energy’s Cooke and Foote Dams and at the Oscoda Finish Line, where the Rabaskas are expected to arrive at approximately 10:30am Sunday. The Rabaska race can also be followed and tracked on the GPS online mapping that is being utilized for the AuSable Canoe Marathon.
- Start – 6:00 AM at Five Channels Dam Pond, paddle a looped course
- Portage Five Channels Dam approx. 6:30 AM
- Portage Cooke Dam approx. 7:30 AM
- Portage Foote Dam approx. 8:45 AM
- Finish – Oscoda AuSable Finish Line Park – Approx. 10:30 AM