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March 2023 Newsletter
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What's New:

New Roscommon Canoe Classic dates - April 22nd & 23rd

Dues are due on April 1 (postmarked or online). Avoid the late fee!

Online Dues Payment Option now available! If you paid dues online in 2022, select Renew. If this is your first time paying dues online, make sure to select SignUp

The Klondike Challenge kicks off 2023! See all the details below

Tentative 2023 Race Schedule includes some changes from last year! 
2023 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 2023 dues!

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

Renewal dues mailed after April 1 will be assessed a $15 late fee.
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The Klondike
April 1-2, 2023
Oscoda, MI

The 2023 MCRA season will kick off in April with the return of the Klondike Challenge in Oscoda on April 2nd and 3rd. This is a fundraiser for the AuSable River Canoe Marathon.

Canoe / Kayak Challenge - Saturday, April 1
Location: Huntington Bank (4452 County Highway F-41, Oscoda, MI 48750)
Entry Fee: $10 per paddler
Registration Times: 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM at Huntington Bank

Event Course: The course is approximately 4.25 miles (2.75 miles upstream, 1.5 miles downstream).  The canoe / kayak challenge will start at the mouth of Van Etten Creek (where it meets the AuSable River), heading upstream to Van Etten Dam, then performing a counter-clockwise buoy-turn, and then heading back downstream to finish just past the F-41 bridge near Huntington Bank. Race course is approximately 45 minutes in length.

Other info: Lunch & the MCRA Membership Meeting at Huntington Bank after the race.  Lunch is not included in the entry fee.  Non-racing canoes and non-racing kayaks are allowed.  You must provide your own cold-weather gear and safety equipment, such as life jackets/PFD’s.  Please take cold-weather and cold-water precautions.

Run / Walk Challenge - Sunday, April 2
Location: Across from the Van Etten Lake State Forest Campground (Intersection of Perimeter Rd & Pride Rd)
Entry Fee: $10 per person
Registration: 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM
Event Start: 5K & 10K events start at 1:00 p.m.
Event Course: Looped course along Perimeter Rd. 10K runners will do two laps.
Other Info: Awards certificates will be available in the days immediately following the completion of both the 5K and 10K events.
This is a fundraising event for the AuSable River Canoe Marathon. Feel free to bring a dog to run/walk along side you! If you do so, we politely ask that the dog be on a leash.

For more information, visit or contact Rod matthews at 989-739-3948 or

41st Annual Roscommon Canoe Classic

April 22 & 23, 2023
Wallace Park - Roscommon

*Do not park in the church parking lot*
Please park at Hiawatha Canoe Livery

April 22nd - C2 Race
8:00 AM Registration Opens
10:00 AM Race Start
12:00 PM Award Ceremony at AuSable River Center

April 23rd - C1 Race
9:00 AM Registration Opens
11:00 AM Race Start
Awards to Follow

Heats will be determined by preregistered entries, with day-of registrations being placed in the last heat.

C2 race starts with one paddler running over the hill and across the street. Paddlers will continue downstream to Deerheart Valley Rd, perform a clockwise buoy turn, and paddle back upstream to Wallace Park.

C1 race start is chase-race style, with paddlers starting every 5 seconds. Paddle down to Steckert Bridge and perform a clockwise buoy turn, then paddle back upstream to Wallace Park.

Tentative 2023 Race Schedule

This tentative schedule is subject to change.

April 1 Klondike Oscoda
*April 22-23* Roscommon Canoe Classic
May 6-7 B.I.G. Bellaire - *Women's Bonus*
May 20-21 Kawkawlin Canoe Clash
June 3 Huron River Ann Arbor
June 10-11 Newaygo Power Paddle
June 17 Betsie River - C1/C2 Combined Time Bonus
June 24-25 Muskegon River Throw Down
July 8-9 Paddle Hard River Rampage Grayling - *C1 Championship*
July 15-16 Curley Memorial Oscoda - *E2 Championship*

July 22-23 Spikes Challenge Grayling
July 29-30 AuSable Marathon (Non-MCRA)
August 19 Soo Canoe Race
August 26-27 Mio First Dam Race
Sept. 17 Tahquamenon Paradise - *Mixed Bonus*
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Looking for training partners and plans?  Go to Michigan Marathon Canoe Training Plans.

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Michigan Canoe Racing Association
6417 23 Mile Rd
Homer, MI 49245-9407

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