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Photo courtesy of Sawyer Harris 


Pre-Race 2019 Media Information

Dear Media Representative,

On behalf of the volunteer organizing committee, we welcome you to the 72nd Annual Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon – Since 1947, One of the Greatest Canoe Races on Earth!  We truly appreciate the media exposure you provide and hope you will enjoy this year’s race.  

This year, we are pleased to announce Consumers Energy as our Title Sponsor for this amazing event. Throughout the 71-year history of the AuSable Marathon, Consumers Energy has been a key partner in staging the race, readily making their six hydroelectric-dam portages available to the competitors and the fans. In recent years, their financial support has been a key factor in the continuing growth and improvement of this world-class event.

Approximately 75 two-person teams from throughout the United States and Canada are entered in the Marathon. In 2019, we are thrilled to have a team from Australia and a competitor from Belize entered in the race.

We are generally able to provide contact information for competitors from your area. A PDF format up-to-date entry list with detailed competitor info & stats can be accessed and downloaded: Go to the 2019 Entries page on the website, then select “Click Here to Download Detailed Stats of the Paddlers”.

Current press releases plus, race course map graphics, logos, video and photo resources and more can be downloaded from the Marathon’s Google Drive Media Assets Folder.

Please notify us if you plan to cover the race this year. You will need the parking pass and media badge included in the media packet to gain access to certain locations. The media kit also contains a program book, entry list and all of the press releases.

AuSable Canoe Marathon Week kicks off in Oscoda at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, July 23rd with the Consumers Energy $5,000 Da$h For Ca$h. The Da$h for Ca$h is a bracket-style, single elimination, “drag-racing” event to be held at the Finish Line in Oscoda.

Racing action continues Wednesday through Friday in Grayling at the Time Trial Sprints for starting position. Much like Indy or NASCAR qualifying, each team sprints a looped course, with their sprint time determining their starting position in the lineup for Saturday night’s 9:00 pm. thrilling LeMans-style run the river that starts the main event. (Wednesday 3:00-6:00 p.m., Thursday 3:00-8:00 p.m., Friday 2:00-4:30 p.m.)

The Pre-Race program in Grayling starts at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, July 27th, leading up to the start of the race – the thrilling Le-Mans style run to the river at 9:00 p.m. The lead teams will reach their first portage at the Consumers Energy Mio Dam at around 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 28th; all teams must reach Mio Dam by 4:00 a.m. to remain in the race. The winning team is expected to reach the Oscoda Finish Line at approximately 11:15 a.m. Sunday, July 28th.

If you have any questions or requests or, if are looking for story lines for this year’s race, please contact our Communications Representative:

  • Phil Weiler 989-390-6994
  • General Media Email:
  • Grayling Race Office: 989-390-6994   AuSable River Canoe Marathon, Inc. (ARCM), P.O. Box 911, Grayling, MI 49738


Press Releases 

.rtf versions of the Press Releases and other media assets are available for download from the Marathon’s Google Drive Media Assets Folder.


AuSable Marathon Photo & Video Resources


AuSable Marathon Social Media Resources  

#HupAllNight  @AuSableMarathon


Post-71st Marathon Update (2018 Information)

After 120-miles and more than 14 hours of non-stop paddling at 50-70 strokes per minute, the winners of the 2018 AuSable Canoe Marathon are Andrew Triebold and Steve Lajoie with a finishing time of 14:17:46! In second place is Christophe Proulx and Samuel Frigon with a finishing time of 14:34:18. 

On the Marathon YouTube Channel, there are more than 60 videos featuring the 2018 AuSable Canoe Marathon.  The times posted for the 2018 AuSable River Canoe Marathon Presented by Consumers Energy have been verified, corrected, and are now “Official”. View all of the timing results here

All-time records were broken at the 2018 AuSable Canoe Marathon:
  • Michigan’s Andy Triebold set a record for the most consecutive sub-15 hour finishes
  • * The Iron Paddler award is presented to all paddlers who have completed 10 AuSable Marathons in the Pro division. Competitors who have completed 20 Marathons receive the Steel Paddler award. Triple Iron paddlers have completed 30 AuSable Marathons and include only the 3 paddlers mentioned above. Go here for a complete listing of all competitors who have received these awards.

    For a complete list of all record holders, click here.

Here are the Division Winners of the 2018 AuSable River Canoe Marathon, Presented by Consumers Energy:
  • Seniors – Team #74 – Seth Miller & Stephen Miller, 33rd overall in 16:23:31
  • Masters – Team #01 – Andrew Triebold & Steve Lajoie, 1st overall in 14:17:36
  • Rookie (both “first-timers” at the AuSable Marathon) – Team #30 – Brian Jones & Nathan Tart, 30th overall in 16:10:54
  • Women’s – Team #37 – Rebecca Davis & Edith MacHattie, 19th overall in 15:25:42
  • Mixed – Team #13 – Jorden Wakeley & Hailey Halstead, 13th overall in 15:10:12
Here are the Top-10 finishers of the 2018 AuSable River Canoe Marathon, Presented by Consumers Energy. 
  • 10th, in 15:01:17 – Team #22 – Richard Lauth & Colin Hunter
  • 9th, in 15:00:13 – Team #66 – Patrick Madden & Steve Watson
  • 8th, in 14:54:41 – Team #08 – Wesley Dean & Pete Mead
  • 7th, in 15:53:20 – Team #05 – Chris Issendorf & Ian Rolls
  • 6th, in 14:48:53 – Team #91 – Trevor Lefever & Shane MacDowell
  • 5th, in 14:44:13 – Team #97 – Logan Mynar & Kyle Mynar
  • 4th, in 14:41:01 – Team #13 – Nick Walton & Guillaume Blais
  • 3rd, in 14:36:11 – Team #55 – Mike Davis & Weston Willoughby
  • 2nd, in 14:34:18 – Team #02 – Christophe Proulx & Samuel Frigon
  • 1st, in 14:17:36 – Team #01 – Andrew Triebold & Steve Lajoie

For a complete list of all 2018 finishers, click here.

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