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  • June 3, 2020

    The MCRA June Email Newsletter is now available online. Information and updates on race schedule and events.

  • May 28, 2020

    Yesterday the MDNR contacted Sean Brabant letting him know that they were issuing permits for the Roscommon Canoe Classic (June 6 – 7) and the Muskegon River Throw Down (June 27 – 28).  Just two weeks ago they communicated there would be no marine permits in 2020, so needless to say we were surprised.  The races have to follow the social distancing recommendations that they have worked out with the MDNR. These are noted on the race information pages.

    We will still have the virtual Roscommon Race, but people can only get prizes in the virtual or live race – you can’t double dip.  We will continue to have two virtual races a month, so people can participate without traveling if they so choose. 

  • May 26, 2020

    2020 Roscommon Canoe Classic Update: The Roscommon Canoe Classic has been cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. In place of the race in Roscommon the First Virtual Event of 2020! will take place Monday June 1 – Sunday June 7.

  • May 4, 2020

    A current MCRA Membership 2020. Renew your Membership here. New Members may join at any time during the season. Have you paid your dues yet?

  • April 30, 2020

    For the past several days the race board and myself have been busy communicating with the MCRA, county and state officials to make the Roscommon Canoe Classic happen. We have created a new format for both C2 and C1 races that make them safe and in accordance with social distancing order. However, with the Stay At Home order in effect until May 15th I am unable to get the DNR Marine Permit for this event. It is not worth risking future events in Michigan by trying to work around the Michigan DNR. I have decided to postpone, NOT CANCEL, the race until possibly Memorial Weekend or a June date. Allowing us extra time to get the permit and ensure we are not stepping on anyone’s toes.

    As we move forward I will be releasing the formats to these races. Remember that in these times sacrifices will be made to make races happen. If anyone is upset by the restrictions please address me and me only.

    Thank you everyone who is on board and supportive! We hope to have you on the water ASAP.
    Sean Brabant

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