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June 2022 Newsletter
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Ann Arbor Huron River Canoe Challenge - Mixed Bonus - Race Information below

Newaygo Power Paddle - C1 State Championship - Race Information below

Muskegon River Throw Down - Pre-Registration opens June 5th

Betsie River Canoe Race

Online Dues Payment Option now available! Make sure to select SignUp and not Renew.
2022 MCRA Dues Now Online!

Due to popular demand, you can now pay your dues online!

Be sure to select the correct membership type, and to click on SignUp (Not Renew).

Dues can still be paid by mail or in-person. 

Pay your 2022 dues!

Both paddlers must be current on dues to receive MCRA points and prize money.

Renewal dues mailed after April 2 will be assessed a $15 late fee.
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2022 Race Schedule

June 4 Huron River Ann Arbor *Mixed Bonus*
June 11-12 Newaygo Power Paddle *C1 Bonus*
June 18-19 Muskegon River Throw Down *Women's Bonus*
June 25 Betsie River 
July 9-10 Paddle Hard Race
July 16- 17 Curley Memorial Oscoda

July 23-24 Spikes Challenge Grayling
July 30-31 AuSable Marathon (Non-MCRA)
August 12-14 USCA Nationals Newaygo (Non-MCRA)
August 20 Soo Canoe Race
August 27-28 Mio First Dam Race *E2 Bonus*
Sept 10 B.I.G. Bellaire
Sept. 17 Tahquamenon Paradise
Huron River Canoe Challenge
June 4
All races start and finish at:
Gallup Park
Benard L. Maas Picnic Shelter
3000 Fuller Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI

Saturday June 4, 2022
Registration Opens 9 AM
C1 Race Starts at 10 AM
C2 Race Starts at 12:30 PM

C1 Race
The course is approximately 6 miles. There are 2 clockwise turns for the C1 race. The race features 1 large lap between US23 and Furstenburg Nature Area.

C2 Race
C2 race starts at 12:30 PM
The highlight event of the Huron River Canoe Challenge will feature up to 30 professional canoe racing teams competing in a “marathon style” event. The course is 14 miles long and includes a portage at the Geddes Dam.
Newaygo Power Paddle
June 11-12

Race HQ for this Event is located at the DuChemin Park Pavilion (Croton Pond Boat Launch) at 5439 Washington Street, Newaygo MI 49337. Cash prizes will also be awarded and racers and their families should stick around for the awards ceremony on Sunday. For additional information please visit our FaceBook or website at or call 231-335-1165. Additional questions email:

Saturday, June 11: PowerPaddle (DAY 1)
9:00am – Registration Opens: DuChemin Park in Croton (Croton Pond Boat Launch) Race HQ
9:45am – Racer Meeting; (Race HQ)
10:05am- C-1 Women Start
10:10am - C-1 Men Start

10:15am - K-1 Mixed Start
12:00 – 1:00pm – Racers finish at Henning Park

Sunday, June 12: PowerPaddle (DAY 2)
8:00am – Registration Opens: DuChemin Park in Croton (Croton Pond Boat Launch) Race HQ
9:00am – Racer Meeting; (Race HQ)
9:20am- C-2 Adult/Youth (starts below portage at the same time as C2 Mixed)
9:25am – C2 Start
11:30am – 12:30pm – Racers Finish at Henning Park

1:15pm – PowerPaddle Day 1 & 2 Awards at Henning Park
Attendance at pre-race meetings is mandatory. Each contestant must have a US Coast Guard approved PFD in their craft at all times while competing in paddling Events.
Inclement Weather: Before Event starts, if thunder is heard and/or lightning seen from an approaching thunderstorm, the racers, race helpers, and spectators shall take proper shelter and wait until immediate threat has dissipated or Race HQ has issued the ALL CLEAR. Once a race has started, if lightning is seen and/or you hear loud thunder; get off the water immediately and seek proper shelter. In the event of a WEATHER EMERGENCY the race may be called off and the race clocks may be stopped.
Waiver of Liability: All racers/participants must read, understand and sign a Waiver to be allowed to compete in any of the Events associated with the PowerPaddle. You will not be allowed to participate if you have not completed a valid waiver.
Due to Croton Dam improvements currently taking place, the normal portage from Croton Pond down to the Muskegon River (West side) has been closed. A temporary portage has been created on the East side of the river, however, that may be too small to conduct the PowerPaddle race. Race officials from the MCRA will determine if in fact this portage will be sufficient for the racers. If the portage cannot be utilized for PowerPaddle, the alternative water plan would be to start all racers below the dam at Tailwater Park (just off Croton Drive below the dam). Racers would assemble at Tailwater Park instead of DuChemin Park for registration, racer meetings and race start. The finish line and all other aspects of the race would remain unchanged.

Muskegon River Throw Down

June 18 - 19
North Shore Lounge
13691 W Shore Dr, Houghton Lake, MI 48629

Pre-Registration to open June 5th!

Saturday, June 18th
C1 Race - 10am (Check in starts @ 8:30am)
Youth & Mentor Races to follow!

Sunday, June 19th
C2 Races - 10am (check in starts @ 8:30am)

C1 and C2 awards will follow Sunday's races outside at the North Shore Lounge. Live Music & Food/Drink specials.

Entry Fees:
C1: Pre-Register - $15 Day Of - $20
Pro C2: Pre-Register - $30 Day Of - $40
Am C2: Pre-Register - $20 Day Of - $30

Heats will be as follows:
C1 - 10 boat heats every 5 minutes
C2 - 10 boat heats every 8 minutes

C1 course starts in front of The North Shore Lounge in heats of 10 boats. Go straight to the dam, portage river right, down river to the buoy (COUNTER CLOCKWISE) and back. Portage dam river left, finish in front of The North Shore Lounge.

C2 course starts in front of The North Shore Lounge in heats of 10 boats. Going down river and around the small island before the dam (CLOCKWISE), up river to a buoy near the start line (CLOCKWISE). Continue down river portaging dam river right, down the river to the Dead Stream buoy (COUNTER CLOCKWISE), back to the spectator bridge to turn a buoy (COUNTER CLOCKWISE), back to the buoy, and then return over the damn river left and continue through the start.

Betsie River Canoe Race

Green Lake DNR Boat Ramp
6101 Betsie River Rd
Interlochen, Mi 49643

Race Course
Course will be finalized race morning but the start will be on a lake: Proposed course will start and finish at the boat ramp. Starting at the boat ramp, proceeding to the river, down stream to the buoys. C1 will turn at the first buoy (before the backwaters area), C2 will turn at the second buoy(by the grass lake dam campground), they returning upstream to the boat ramp.

Race Times
8am Registration
9am C1 race start
12pm (or two hours after last C1 finishes) C2 race start

Please contact Adam Steuer txt 989-390-6040, through Facebook messenger, or Email
C1 Entry - $10 per Individual
C2 Entry - $20 per Team

Race day registration
C1 entry - $10 per Individual
C2 entry - $30 per Team

Combination Bonus Race, additional awards will be based on your combined C1 and C2 times. Both Team Members Must participate in both races for combination awards. Woman’s advantage - The difference from the first place mens and first place woman’s C1 times will be subtracted from the overall time of mixed and 2x for woman’s teams

Points will still be given individually for C1 and C2.
E2 race will be evaluated the day of, pending participants.

Race Results


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