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RRCA cancels 2020 Raisin River Canoe Race

For only the second time since 1973, the Raisin River Canoe Race has been cancelled. The 2020 edition was nixed due to COVID-19 precautions, following the recommendations of health officials.

The annual rite of spring, hosted by the Raisin Region Conservation Authority, typically takes place in April each year, when the spring water flow in the river is at its peak. This year, it had been slated for April 19. The 30 km run from St. Andrews West downstream to Williamstown traditionally sees well over 100 canoes and kayaks involved, with participants coming from across the region. Some paddlers come for the competition, striving for fast times and medals, while the majority are looking to complete the course without getting too wet and cold. Spills are common, especially at points where there are challenging rocks in the river and rapids. As well, the dam in Martintown is a special part of the race, with many paddlers opting to attempt to shoot it successfully, much to the delight of throngs of spectators who gather there to take in the action.

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RRCA notice

The last (and only other) cancellation, in 2010, was due to very low water conditions.

Results from past years can be viewed on the RRCA website here.

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2020 Raisin River Canoe Race booked for April 19

The 48th annual Raisin River Canoe Race will be held April 19, 2020, the Raisin Regio Conservation Authority, primary organizers of the event, have announced.

March 17 UPDATE: 2020 canoe race cancelled.

As of this posting, the RRCA website had not been updated with details, but more information should be available soon, along with online registration.

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Raisin Region Conservation Authority graphic

The race, which is open to canoes and kayaks, traditionally starts in St. Andrew’s West, on the grounds of St. Andrew’s School, running downstream through Martintown to Williamstown, a distance of approximately 30 km.

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