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MCRA News

  • November 17, 2022

    The 2023 MCRA Board election concluded last week. Eleven people were nominated and elected to the board’s eleven positions. Thank you to all who voted.

    We would like to thank Tom Cannon for his many years as board member and serving as our Membership Chairman as he is stepping down from the board this year.

    2023 MCRA Board of Directors

    Lynne Witte
    Sean Brabant
    Cheryl Lucey
    Rebecca Davis
    Austin Weiler
    Mike Davis
    Zach Cheney
    Danny Medina
    Weston Willoughby
    Mary Schlimmer Willoughby
    Kyle Stonehouse

  • October 15, 2022

    A celebration of Nick Walton’s life will be held on Friday, October 28th at the Grayling Fraternal Order of Eagles from 5:00 – 11:00pm. More information can be found here

  • September 21, 2022

    Congratulations to our 2022 MCRA Award Recipients, paddlers, race directors, and supporters.

    BOW AWARD – A positive influence to canoe racing:
    Lower AuSable Paddling Club. They promoted rookie paddling clinics and assisted rookie paddlers in finding partners for racing.

    HARRY CURLEY – Recognition to all race directors:
    Roscommon County Canoe Racing Association (Roscommon Classic & Muskegun River Throw Down) was selected for their growing races. Special thanks to Peggy and Frank Smutek for celebrating 20 years as race directors for Mio First Dam Race.

    STERN AWARD – Awarded for a silly or misfortunate incident: This went to Cecili Bugge or to all those who mispronounced her name this season. 

    BANK RUNNER AWARD – Val, Tess, and Reid Hill for helping any team that needed assistance from a bank crew this year. 

    ADAMS MOST IMPROVEMENT AWARD – Expert paddler who most improved this season was Dane Trudgeon.

    PRESIDENT’S AWARD – Awarded to someone who makes a significant contribution to the MCRA: This was awarded to Kyle Stonehouse for initiating an insurance policy to cover MCRA sanctioned races including paddlers, directors, and property. Kyle managed and prepped everything for our race directors. Kyle was also race director for a new race, River Rampage.

  • September 6, 2022

    Catch up with the latest MCRA News in the September 2022 MCRA Newsletter.  The MCRA Newsletter archive can be found on our Newsletter page.

  • August 22, 2022

    The MCRA Board is collecting nominations for MCRA Annual Awards. You can submit your nominations here

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