The 2021 Race Is On! (With Changes)
Great news for paddlers this spring! A downsized 54th Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race will be held on Saturday, April 17th with important new rules and regulations. Here are some highlights:
- The race will be limited in scope to 150 total boats, and seven race classes.
- Registration is $35 per person, and the registration deadline is Thursday, April 8.
- Paddlers must pick up their stickers, race bibs, etc. at the Bangor Parks and Recreation office; race packets will NOT be handed out at the race.
- Starting times will be staggered by class, from 8:30am to 10:00am.
- All paddlers must wear masks/face coverings until they enter the stream.
- As the start times of the race are staggered, paddlers can not meet at the starting point in Kenduskeag until 20 minutes before their desgnated start time (again, by class).
- There will not be a warming tent at the finish line this year.
- Six Mile Falls will be closed to the public during the race (no gathering of spectators). For spectators watching the race at other points along the stream, the use of masks and social distancing are advised.
For all the details, check out these resources:
2021 Race Flyer (PDF file)
2021 Waiver/Registration Form (PDF file)
Bangor Parks & Recreation Online Registration
Sadly, and for the first time in 53 years, there will be no 2020 Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, but the program directors at WABI-TV5 in Bangor have figured out a nice way to provide many of us with some "rite of spring" entertainment in these crazy, socially distant shut-in times.
WABI will air an archived recording of the 2000 Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race this Saturday, April 18th, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and YES, there will be a live stream at wabi.tv
“While we can’t make up for the loss of this year’s race entirely, we thought our viewers might enjoy a look at one of the past events” said Steve Hiltz, the Creative Services Director at WABI.
UPDATE: To accompany the WABI Flashback 2000 race coverage this Saturday, the 2000 race results have been pulled from the archives and posted on Mike's website as a downloadable/printable PDF file. Check it out here.
(With thanks to Bernie Levy and Brian Carle)
2020 Canoe Race Has Been CANCELLED
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The 2020 Race has been cancelled.
First of all, we want to thank you all for your dedication and support to our annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe race.
After much consideration and discussion, the Bangor Parks and Recreation Department has made the decision to cancel the race for this year.
With the ever changing dynamics regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we feel this is what is best for the safety of our participants, staff, volunteers and all organizations involved with the race.
We look forward to next year's race.