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The 30th Blackstone River Watershed Association Canoe and Kayak Race took place on Saturday, May 13, even with the inclement weather. Racers were very happy to see the rain and the level of the Blackstone River rise so that a fun race could take place. There are two main divisions: a 12 mile racing class and a 9 mile recreational class. Due to the storm and for the safety of the racers, the route was cut a couple miles. There were some spills and some racers did 'hug' trees but everyone ended the race safely. The 12 mile race began in South Grafton across from old Fisherville Mill. These racers had 3 portages to contend with. The 9 mile race started off Sutton Street in Northbridge, behind Polyfoam Corporation. The racers and their friends and family should all be commended for braving the rain and the cold. Times and placements are as follows:

 

 
Racing Class Ranks - 12 mile race
Name Racing Class Time                 Place
Carl Lafreniere A - Over 15' kayak 1:13:27 1
Tim Nutt A - Over 15' kayak 1:16:23 2
Brian Sikora A - Over 15' kayak 1:20:50 3
Al Peirce A - Over 15' kayak 1:21:57 4
David Steele A - Over 15' kayak 1:28:25 5
Wayne McKee B - Canoe Solo 1:21:21 1
Kevin Boss and Bill Brown C - Tandem Canoe 1:08:29 1
Ron Hamlett and Charley Brackett C - Tandem Canoe 1:13:25 2
Dean Gaskill and Bob D'Armagnac C - Tandem Canoe 1:19:19 3
Dan Corey and John E McGee C - Tandem Canoe 1:24:56 4
 Gregg Law And Brian Meyers C - Tandem Canoe 1:36:36 5
Steve and David Falconer C - Tandem Canoe 1:57:46 6
Mark DiStefano I12 - Solo Kayak > 50 yrs  2:11:30 1
James Gribowski I12 - Solo Kayak > 50 yrs  2:11:30 1
Wayne Junnila I12 - Solo Kayak > 50 yrs  2:11:30 1
Paul Metzger I12 - Solo Kayak > 50 yrs  2:11:30 1

 

 
Recreational Class Ranks - 9 mile race
Name Class Time Place
Keith Duggan E - Under 15' Kayak Men 0:57:06 1
Dennis Dussan E - Under 15' Kayak Men 1:00:52 2
Tom Houle E - Under 15' Kayak Men 1:06:50 3
Michael Bushaw E - Under 15' Kayak Men 1:18:37 4
Kenneth Ethier E - Under 15' Kayak Men 1:24:22 5
Marty O'Loughlin E - Under 15' Kayak Men 1:40:27 6
Kathleen Ethier F - Under 15' Kayak Women 1:22:22 1
Kate Baker F - Under 15' Kayak Women 1:36:27 2
Ronald Manyak and Tommy St George G - Tandem Sit on top kayak 0:59:37 1
Tim Stillwell G - Solo sit on top kayak 1:10:27 1
Ken Williams I - Over 50 yrs solo 0:57:59 1
Eddie Killeen I - Over 50 yrs solo 1:29:44 2
Chris Sene and Trent Koopman J - Tandem Sporting Class 0:55:56 1
Tom and Ed Oleksyk J - Tandem Sporting Class 0:57:21 2
Steve Cunningham and Doug Moore J - Tandem Sporting Class 1:00:14 3
Peter Vriend and Eric Wieringa J - Tandem Sporting Class 1:00:37 4
Robert Dood and David Pope J - Tandem Sporting Class 1:02:17 5
Christian Desrosiers and Keith Torocco J - Tandem Sporting Class 1:08:30 6
Dan Hession and Mark Kogut J - Tandem Sporting Class 1:12:53 7
Steve Bennett and Matt Troyer J - Tandem Sporting Class 1:13:52 8
Jeff Cleary and Chrystal Cleary J - Tandem Sporting Class 1:20:04 9
Jeff Mammano and Rich Brown J - Tandem Sporting Class 1:25:01 10
Donna Osterman and Jonathan Osterman L - Tandem Canoe Mix 0:59:39 1
Steve Pope and Jen Dood L - Tandem Canoe Mix 1:03:07 2
Lauren Oleksyk and Peter Sherman L - Tandem Canoe Mix 1:06:36 3
Mike Teachout and Chelsea Lueck L - Tandem Canoe Mix 1:55:54 4
Richard Listerud and Jordon Shockley M - Tandem Youth 15-17 yrs 1:03:23 1
Frank and Erik Oleksyk N - Tandem Adult/Youth <15 1:00:22 1
Pete and Xavier Schotonier N - Tandem Adult/Youth <15 1:02:18 2
Stephen and Anthony LeFemine N - Tandem Adult/Youth <15 1:04:34 3
Cal Kooistra and Bob Koopman O - Tandem Canoe Century 0:57:08 1
Kevin and Brian Daley O - Tandem Canoe Century 1:56:26 2

 

For more information please contact Rosemary Longo - 508/839-9548 or 508/873-6781.  Thank you.

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