Welcome to the AuSable River International Canoe Marathon Paddler/Feeder page. Paddlers and Feeders should check the Registration and Information page from time to time to get up to the minute details for entry information, news items, when and where to be, etc. Special notices for just paddlers and feeders will also be posted in this area.
The AuSable River Canoe Marathon is 120 miles long, non-stop, starts at night and contestants must navigate narrow winding river as well as stump-filled ponds. So contestants must be in peak physical condition in order to complete the race in the allotted time. This race is not a recreational canoe float, but a professional competitive race with the very best professional paddlers from around North and Central America. The race starts at 9 PM Saturday night where contestants and feeders must navigate the upper stretch of the river in total darkness.
For a better understanding of the demands of the race please read an article by Dave Foley, who paddled in 1990. Dave’s experience is well documented and any paddler considering entering this race for the first time should read this article and consider Dave’s advice. Contestants new to the Marathon may also want to review the five-part video AuSable Marathon Course Description Playlist createdy by Jeff Rankinen that is posted on the AuSable River Canoe Marathon’s YouTube Channel.
The Entry Packet can be downloaded and then completed by the contestants. The completed and signed application with the entry fee must be mailed to the address in the Entry Packet. Entry forms can be dropped at the Race Office in the Grayling Mini-Mall. The contestant’s information will be placed on the website in 2019 entries when their registration has been received, reviewed, and officially entered into the race.
- TRASH IN RIVER NOTICE: Paddlers intentionally throwing trash in the river will be penalized. There will be special volunteers and competition committee members throughout the race course looking for teams who violate this rule. We will no longer tolerate the intentional littering of the river by any team.
Paddlers: please review the Paddler Etiquette and respect the river and all other users of this great resource: Paddler Etiquette