Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race

2019 Race Photos

Here is a current list of photographers who have photos from the race.
Feel free to contact me with a link to your photos if you'd like to be included on this list.

Michele Barker Photography (Six Mile Falls)

Memorymaker Photography

Dale Smalls Photography

Renee Trust Photography

Whittling Fog Photography - Camera One

Whittling Fog Photography - Camera Two, Parts 1, 2 & 3

Seth Pops Photography (Facebook gallery)

J & R Ogden Photography

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2018 Race Photos

Although I wasn't able to attend the race this year due to work, other photographers captured the action at the 2018 Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race and so I'm putting together a list of them here.

So if you took photos at the race and would like to be listed, send me an email. Thanks!
- Michael Alden

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Michele Barker Photography

Marcia Hancock / Always Wonderful Memories Photography Take II

James Ogden Photography

Bill Knight Photography - (Facebook Gallery)

Whittling Fog Photography - (Camera One) and (Camera Two)

Oleg Kovalenko Photography

Judy Weatherbee / Digital Cobwebs

Sharon Gilley Race Photos


2017 Race Photos

Although I wasn't able to attend the race this year due to work, other photographers captured the action at the 2017 Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race and so I'm putting together a list of them here.

So if you took photos at the race and would like to be listed, send me an email. Thanks!
- Michael Alden

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Michele Barker Photography - (Six Mile Falls action!)
Whittling Fog Photography - Camera One & Camera Two
Marquis Images
Judy Weatherbee - Digital Cobwebs
Bill Knight Photography - (Facebook page)
One Ten Digital - (form you fill out to see if they have a photo of you)
Orwin SantaCruz - (Facebook page/gallery)

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2016 Canoe Race Photos

Here's a list of photographers who captured images at the 50th Anniversary Kenduskeag.

What a beautiful spring day it was!

If you took photos at the race and would like to share them with others, please
send me a note with a link to your pics and I will add your name to this list.

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Michele Barker Photography

Troy Malavé Photography (Facebook page)

Orwin SantaCruz Photography

Whittling Fog Photography

Bill Knight Photography (Facebook album)

Michael Alden
(proceeds keep the canoe race website up and running)

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2015 Canoe Race Photos

Here are a list of links to photo galleries by various photographers who were at the 49th Annual Kendskeag Stream Canoe Race.

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If you are a photographer with race photos that you'd like to share, send me a message with a link and I'll be happy to add you to the list.

Brian Feulner Photography (Galleries)

Whittling Fog Photography (Galleries)

Charlie Smith Photography (Galleries)

Judy Weatherbee / Digital Cobwebs (Facebook Gallery)

Bill Knight Photography (Facebook Gallery)

Miriam Kates-Goldman (Facebook Gallery)

Joelle Wightman Photography (Google+ Gallery)


Photos From The 2014 Race

Oh boy. I couldn't catch a break this year. The shortened race course meant that I was out of luck when it came to setting up at the Shopping Cart.

I tried to set up at a few other spots along the stream but for various reasons (mostly involving high water and distance) I came up short.

So I'm sorry to report that I have no photos of the 2014 race. However, here's a list of photographers who might be able to help you out:

(Please contact these photographers directly.)

Michele Barker Photography
Ryan Saucier/SWR Photography (Flickr set)
James & Robin Ogden Photography
Whittling Fog Photography
GeorgerinNH (Flickr set)
Judy Weatherbee (Flickr set)

Also - Judy Weatherbee, Bill Knight, Anthony DelMonaco and others have posted photo galleries which are linked on the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race Facebook page.
So if you are on Facebook, do check it out!

I hope to see you next year. Until then, keep your paddle in the water.

- Mike

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Photos From The 2013 Race

As I mentioned earlier, I was unavailable to take race photos this year (unfortunately!)

However, I'm compiling a list of photographers who were at the 2013 race - they either have photos to sell or photos to share.

Please contact these photographers directly.
This list will grow as other photographers add their work

Michele Barker Photography
Steven J. Gray Photography
James & Robin Ogden Photography
Whittling Fog Photography (Flickr set)
Judy Weatherbee (Flickr set)
Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race Page on Facebook (several people have posted links to Facebook galleries here, so if you are on Facebook do check it out.)

I hope to see you next year. Until then, keep your paddle in the water!

PS - If you have photos of the race and would like to be added to this list, send me an email through the Kenduskeag website.

- Mike


2012 Race Photos Now Online

The 2012 race photos are now online!

This year, photographer Michele Barker joins me with her superb coverage of the Six Mile Falls area. (I stationed myself around the drop above the Shopping Cart rapids.)

So now people have twice as many choices!

Head over to the race photo page of the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race website and check it out.


2011 Race Photos Are Out

Gorilla capsizing in the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race - photo by Michael Alden

My photos for the 2011 Kenduskeag are now online.
Check out the galleries here

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In addition, many photographers have posted their own shots from the race (and at different locations). Here are links to their galleries:

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2010 Canoe Race Photos Are Now Online!

The 2010 photo galleries are now up and running!

Once again, I set up at the Shopping Cart rapids this year. While I can't say I captured every single person in the race, I gave it the old college try.

Go to the Race Photos page on my website to check out the new shots!

And by the way, the print sales keep the Kenduskeag website up and running, so thank you for your support!

- Michael Alden

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St. George River Race Sees Nice Turnout

According to this Bangor Daily News article, over 100 paddlers took part in the St. George River Race earlier today. (The article also features a short video).

I've also posted my photos from the race here.

UPDATE: Full race results for the St. George have been posted! Download the document here. Courtesy of the Maine Canoe & Kayak Racing Organization (MaCKRO)


2009 Photos Are Online

More boats, more paddlers and more photos this year!

Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race - 2009 Photos

Prints & digital downloads can be purchased on the print page.

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Kountdown To The Kenduskeag

If the Passy River Race was an indication of things to come, the Kenduskeag could be a wild & wooly ride. We'll have to keep an eye on the local precipitation over the next twelve days.

Next up: The Souadabscook Stream Canoe Race and the Marsh Stream Sprint/Race, next Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

By the way, here are my photos from the Passy last Saturday.

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Other Race Photos & Videos

As we await the race results (should be released any day now) I thought I would take a moment to post some interesting photos and videos from other folks.

Check out this photo gallery from Rhesá Gordon:

Rhesá Gordon - near the finish line in downtown Bangor

And take a look at these videos on YouTube. Pretty cool stuff.

40th Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race - here's a nifty ten minute video of last year's race by MaineMVP.

Sparky Bob's Six Mile Helmet Cam Video
- This guy straps a video camera to his helmet just before heading into the maelstrom of Six Mile Falls. Cool first-person viewpoint of the rapids and Sparky's rescue. (Warning: there is some rather, umm.."salty" language in portions of this you might well imagine).


2007 Race Photos Are Online

My photos of the 2007 Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race are now online!
Click here to visit the race galleries.

Prints make wonderful gifts and keepsakes.

If you missed or portaged the Shopping Cart rapids, however, you won't find yourself in these galleries. Sorry! Maybe next year.


2006 Race Photos Are Online

Gumby Crew: Right back at ya with the love.

My 2006 Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race photos are now online.

Holy cow - what a demanding photo shoot it was today! Lots of fun. Although I didn't paddle, I got just as wet as many of the people who did. So much for staying dry on the bank of the stream.

By the way, I didn't shoot at Six Mile Falls this year. This time around I chose the Shopping Cart rapids closer to Bangor.

There were 339 boats this year (258 of which finished the race) and I think I snapped just about all of them. If you do not appear in the galleries, it isn't because I didn't like you. It's because a paddle or another person (or both) got in the way of me seeing your face. Blame my wet, cold shutter finger and the overall timing of things if you must.

If you did the race today, I tip my hat to you.

And to Dirigo Rescue: The Shopping Cart crew did a heck of a job ensuring a safe and fun race for all. Just thought you might want to know. They also provided this humble photographer with helpful radio updates during the race. They didn't have to do this, but they did. And I appreciate it.

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15 Seconds of Fame: A Racer's Guide to Grabbing the Spotlight

Update 4/11/06: No TV coverage of the race this year due to low water! Six Mile Falls is likely to be a portage for many folks. So perhaps this guide can be applied in 2007.

Just a few thoughts as we count down the days to April 15. (I can't believe there are less than 30 days left until the race. And I really can't believe that it's almost been one year since the last race.)

If you are planning to do the canoe race this spring, and if you would like to grab a little media attention for yourself at Six Mile Falls, here are some suggestions:

1) Do not portage Six Mile Falls under any circumstances.

2) Wipe out at the falls. Not intentionally, of course. But nothing gets camera shutters snapping like a colossal spill into the stream. And remember, the race is televised. TV crews love a good wipeout as much as anyone else. I believe WABI TV 5 - a CBS affiliate - is covering the race. Remember to set the VCR or Tivo or whatever back home.

3) Wear an unusual costume. This is a surefire way to turn heads and camera lenses all along the course of the stream, not only at Six Mile Falls. Double extra dog dare points if you wear an oddball costume AND wipe out at the falls!

4) Short of wearing a wacky prop or costume, you can always deck out your watercraft with an eye-catching prop or ornament. The more inexplicable the prop, the better. I mean, can anyone tell me what THIS is all about:

I don't know what that thing is, but notice I have a photo of it. And I was glad to see it coming down the stream. In a traditional canoe race such as the Kenduskeag, it's always refreshing to see a little character and creativity here and there.

So there you have it. Three tried and true ways to grab the spotlight for your 15 seconds of fame. See you at the stream!

PS - Remember, you can pre-register for the race by downloading this form and mailing it in as soon as possible (deadline is April 14th at 1pm).

PSS - Also keep an eye out for the Paddling Picture Show at a Maine college campus near you.


Iceout: Slowly But Surely

Stopped along the stream during lunch break today. The fog set a nice mood. A couple of years ago I snapped an iceout sequence (in case you haven't seen it).


Lover's Leap - 03/02/06

Beautiful snowy day in Bangor - just had to get outside with the Nikon. Cabin fever and whatnot.
Here you can see that the Kenduskeag Stream hasn't completely frozen over as in previous years. Lover's Leap is visible in the background.