Bun­dle up for the ca­noe race

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

It looks like it could be a chilly one this year, when the Raisin River Ca­noe Race hits the wa­ter on Sun­day, April 15 for the county’s an­nual rite of spring.

The Weather Net­work pre­dicts a high tem­per­a­ture of zero Cel­cius, with cloudy con­di­tions, while En­vi­ron­ment Canada calls for a six de­gree high, with a 60 per cent chance of show­ers.

As for the river con­di­tions, Phil Barnes, of the Raisin River Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity, says, “It should be a good year.” He noted on Mon­day that the river was calm, but with light rain ex­pected this week, the wa­ter level should rise slightly.

The 30 km race was first run in 1973. The course runs from St. An­drews West, down­stream through Mart­in­town, to Wil­liamstown.

Dis­counted on­line reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able un­til 11:50 p.m. tonight (April 11), with on­site reg­is­tra­tion open­ing Sun­day morn­ing, on the grounds of St. An­drew’s School, at 9 a.m.

There are var­i­ous cat­e­gories of en­try for ca­noes and kayaks.

A pre-race break­fast will be served at St. An­drews Par­ish Hall, start­ing at 6 a.m., and there will be a con­clud­ing ban­quet in Wil­liamstown, at the CharLan Rec. Cen­tre, be­gin­ning at 2 p.m.

SEAN BRAY PHOTO

NET PRES­ENCE: Tar­tan goal­keeper Trevor Bougie is blasted by a blis­ter­ing boot by Bar Fly Bai­ley Pid­geon, in ac­tion from the Glen­garry Soc­cer League’s men’s cham­pi­onship se­ries, at the dome.

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