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
Mary Schlimmer Willoughby
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
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.
Catch up with the latest MCRA News in the September 2022 MCRA Newsletter. The MCRA Newsletter archive can be found on our Newsletter page.
The MCRA Board is collecting nominations for MCRA Annual Awards. You can submit your nominations here
The Spikes Challenge Race 2022 results are now posted
The Curley Memorial 2022 Results are now posted.
Betsie River Results are now posted
Muskegon River Throw Down results are now posted