Ca­noe race set for Sun­day

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Ed­i­tor The 47th an­nual Raisin River Ca­noe Race will take place Sun­day, April 14, as the con­ser­va­tion au­thor­ity con­firms the river is mov­ing and free of ice.

Mother Na­ture doesn’t seem quite ready to let win­ter go, but or­ga­niz­ers are hope­ful that by Sun­day, con­di­tions will fi­nally be spring-like.

Lisa Van De Ligt of the Raisin Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity tells The News that flows are cur­rently higher than for last year’s race, but not as high as dur­ing the 2017 event.

With in­ter­mit­tent pre­cip­i­ta­tion fore­cast this week, flow rates are ex­pected to in­crease by race day.

“The Race Safety Com­mit­tee will as­sess the flows on Sun­day at 7 a.m. and de­ter­mine the best start­ing line lo­ca­tion (St. An­drew’s West ver­sus De­laney Road) and if the Mart­in­town Dam will be open for the race,” says Van De Ligt, adding that up­dates will be posted to the event’s Facebook page.

We will also post up­dated in­for­ma­tion to our web­site at sportsinth­e­glens.com

For the un­fa­mil­iar, the 30 km race from St. An­drew’s West, down­stream to Wil­liamstown, was first run in 1973. The event is held each spring, when wa­ter lev­els are high and flows are favourable to pad­dlers.

Though of­fi­cially called a ca­noe race, the event welcomes kayak­ers as well.

On­line reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able un­til midnight Thurs­day night at http://bit.ly/2UF9dlR

Race­day reg­is­tra­tion is also pos­si­ble, though the fee is slightly higher. As in past years, The Glen­garry

News will be in attendance, aim­ing to cap­ture pho­to­graphs of as many pad­dlers as pos­si­ble.

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