MCRA 2023 Tentative Schedule (Updated)

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

Updates from MCRA Board Meeting 12/4/22

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

MCRA 2023 Board of Directors

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

2022 MCRA Award Recognition

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.