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  • March 22, 2023

    Time to start training. Here is the MCRA 2023 TENTATIVE Schedule of races.

    April 1 Klondike Oscoda
    April 22-23 Roscommon
    April 29-30 Bellaire – Women’s Bonus
    May 20-21 Kawkawlin
    June 3 Ann Arbor
    June 10-11 Newaygo
    June 17 Betsie River- Different format with combined C1 & C2 times
    June 24-25 Muskegon Throw Down
    July 8-9 Paddle Hard River Rampage – C1 State Championship
    July 15-16 Curley – E2 Championship
    July 22-23 Spikes
    July 29-30 NON MCRA 75th AuSable Marathon
    Aug 19 Soo Race
    Aug 26-27 Mio
    Sept. 16 Tahquamenon – Mixed Bonus

  • December 8, 2022

    Your MCRA Team working together and encouraging all MCRA members to share input to promote 2023 canoe racing.

    MCRA Board Meeting Minutes 12/4/22

    President – Lynne Witte
    Vice President – Sean Brabant
    Treasurer – Cheryl Lucey
    Secretary – Rebecca Davis
    Times Secretary – Zach Cheney
    At Large: Danny Medina, Mike Davis, Kyle Stonehouse, Mary Schlimmer-Willoughby, Weston Willoughby, Austin Weiler

    Committee Appointments:
    Insurance – Kyle Stonehouse
    Membership – Mary Schlimmer-Willoughby
    Newsletter – Zach Cheney
    Website – Doug Heady
    USCA Delegate – Danny Medina

  • 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.

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