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4th Annual Sebec River Canoe & Kayak Race is set for June 20th

June 08, 2009 - TRC

Sebec & Milo - The 4th Annual Three Rivers Kiwanis Sebec River Canoe & Kayak Race annually draws racers, and their custom boats, from miles around and farther. Paddlers compete in nine racing and recreational classes for canoes and kayaks under the rules of MACKRO (Maine Canoe & Kayak Racing Organization www.mackro.org). The race is an American Canoe Association and Maine Canoe and Kayak Racing Organization event.

The race has become the spring fund-raiser for the Three Rivers Kiwanis Club of Milo-Brownville. The club solicits corporate sponsors, listing ads for the race on T-shirts and takes in boat registration fees for the race. Sales at the Kiwanis Food Wagon at the end of the race are added to the other race generated earnings. This years sponsors are : Earl Gerrish & Sons Inc., S & L Auto Parts, C & J Variety, Bailey Lumber Company, Harmon Shell, Witham's Garage, Trask Insurance, Milo Farmers Union, Milo Family Practice, Lumbra Hardwoods, Inc, and Eastern Shooting Supplies as of today.

Last year race proceeds helped Kiwanis continue their many community projects such as Senior BBQs, Youth programs and more.

Kiwanis Race Chairman, Bobby Ellison, is optimistic that water levels will be good for the June 20th race.

Popular racing and recreational classes include single kayaks and single canoes for men or women, two-man and two-woman canoes, mixed doubles (man and woman) canoes, and the Junior/Senior Challenge. Other MACKRO classes include Class I Racing Kayak, Class II Recreational Kayak, Class III Racing Canoe, and Class IV Recreational Canoe.

All paddlers must have personal flotation devices. Some experience with your boat in rapids is advised, since there are areas of whitewater Class II as well as flat water stretches.

Registration for the Sebec River Race is near the start at the Sebec Reading Room in Sebec Village from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.. The Sebec Reading Room will be open at 8:00 a.m. for food and drinks as well as a public bathroom. A race T-shirt comes with the $15 per person registration fee. A shuttle service will be available by request to transport racers back to their cars after the race is over.

The race has a shot gun start beginning at 10:00 a.m. Awards for first-, second- and third-place finishes in each class are given out at the race finish line at the Sebec River Public Landing in Milo where the Kiwanis Food Wagon will be open for snacks for participants and spectators.

Safety is stressed during the race. The Milo Fire Department River Rescue team will be on the river along the course during the race.

For race details and pre-registration, contact the Race Chairman, Bobby Ellison, at 943-2317.

The web site www.ThreeRiversKiwanis.org has more information as well the registration form.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.