Whitewater Open Canoe National Championship returns to Maine

Posted by: MBR on Thu Jan 8th, 2015 7:25 am
Whitewater Open Canoe National Championship returns to MaineThe races will be held July 23-26 along a stretch of the Penobscot River, where two dams were removed in recent yearsThe Whitewater Open Canoe National Championship will return to Maine this summer – to be held for the first time on the Penobscot River, organizers announced Wednesday. The Penobscot Indian Nation will host the event July 23-26 along a stretch of the river where two dams were removed in recent years. The national championship has been held on the Dead River in The Forks several times, most recently in 2009. Races will start in Old Town – about 15 miles north of Bangor – with the longer downriver races ending in Eddington. The championship is expected to draw several hundred kayakers and canoeists from as far away as North Carolina and Michigan. They will compete in the sprint races or the 9-mile race in a variety of classes for youth, men, women and for co-ed teams. Given the accessibility of this stretch of river, the event also is expected to attract many more spectators than in past years because it’s in an urban setting...Read more: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/01/07/w ... -to-maine/Note: Portland Press Herald - allows 10 free reads per month for non-subscribers