Canoe race set for Sunday
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.