Canoe race bumped to April 22

The Glengarry News - - Sports in the Glens - Sean Bray

NEXT DEAD­LINE: Mon­day, April 23, noon

Mother Na­ture dis­rupted plans to hold the an­nual Raisin River Canoe Race last week­end, forc­ing or­ga­niz­ers to post­pone the event to April 22.

The de­ci­sion came down Fri­day af­ter­noon (April 13), when Lissa Des­lan­des, of the Raisin Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity, is­sued the an­nounce­ment.

“We have con­sid­ered the lat­est fore­casts, which call for the like­li­hood of a high-im­pact storm con­sist­ing of snow, ice pel­lets, and freez­ing rain all week­end. These con­di­tions would be very un­pleas­ant for pad­dlers, spec­ta­tors, vol­un­teers, and vol­un­teer safety crews. We are also con­cerned about par­tic­i­pant and spec­ta­tor safety.”

As it turned out, the late-win­ter storm wasn’t quite as se­vere as pre­dicted, but clearly it was a good call to de­lay the race a week.

Par­tic­i­pants who had pre­reg­is­tered on­line were given the op­tions of a de­fer­ral to the new date, a re­fund, or sub­sti­tut­ing al­ter­nate pad­dlers for their en­try.

With the pre­cip­i­ta­tion over the week­end and more to come this week, the river should be in peak form for Sun­day’s race.

As well, the long-term weather fore­cast looks ideal, pre­dict­ing mostly sunny con­di­tions with a high of 13 Cel­cius.

On-site reg­is­tra­tion will open at 9 a.m., at St. An­drew’s School, in St. An­drews West, which dou­bles as the start­ing point for the 30 km pad­dle down­stream to Wil­liamstown.

There’s a pre-race break­fast, beginning at 6 a. m., at St. An­drews Par­ish Hall, hosted by the Knights of Columbus.

The awards ban­quet will be­gin at 2 p.m., at the Char-Lan Rec. Cen­tre, hosted by the Ladies of St. Mary's Par­ish.

For up­dates and in­for­ma­tion on classes of com­pe­ti­tion, please go on­line to www.rrca.on.ca.

The Raisin River, seen here be­low the dam in Mart­in­town, will be crowded with ca­noes and kayaks, come Sun­day.

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