APRIL 1 & 2, 2023

Klondike Challenge Supporters

The Klondike Challenge is a collaboration between the ARICM and Michigan Canoe Racing Association (MCRA). The race, held annually in the late winter or early spring, is open to C-1 and C-2 canoes and kayaks. The race marks the “Season Kickoff” for the Michigan canoe racing season and serves as a friendly, spirited event before the MCRA’s annual Spring Membership Meeting. The race starts at 1:00pm with the C-2s. Once they are on the course the C-1s will be started.

The course is approximately 4.25 miles (2.75 miles upstream, 1.5 miles downstream). The race starts at the mouth of Van Etten Creek (where it meets the AuSable River), heading upstream to Van Etten Dam, then has a counter-clockwise buoy-turn, and then returns downstream to finish just after the F-41 bridge near Huntington Bank. Racers finish the course in approximately 45 minutes.

The event is open to paddlers of all ages and skill levels. Non-racing canoes and non-racing kayaks are allowed. You must provide your own cold-weather gear and safety equipment, such as life jackets/PFD’s. Please take cold-weather and cold-water precaution

Race Contact



Klondike Challenge Past Results

5K/10K Run / Walk

The Klondike Run/Walk challenge is a timed race held at 1:00pm  Sunday after canoe/kayak race.  The race is held in the Van Etten Lake State Forest campground located at the intersection of Perimeter & Pride Roads.   The challenge will take place on a looped course along Perimeter Road, with 10k participants completing two loops.   Four legged friends are welcome to join registered participants, but will need to remain on a leash while in the campground and on the course. 

Entry fee is $10 and can be done in advance by contacting the Marathon committee at oscoda@ausablecanoemarathon.org or the day of the event from 11:30 – 12:45.   All proceeds from the race benefits the AuSable River Canoe Marathon. 

Curley Memorial Canoe Race