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Established in 1947, the AuSable River Canoe Marathon is the world's longest, toughest non-stop competitive canoeing event. Paddlers race 120 miles, from Grayling to Oscoda, during the darkness of night. The canoe marathon, which attracts upwards of 50 teams, takes about 15-18 hours to finish. It starts at 9 pm in downtown Grayling with a wild foot race down a city street, with the lightweight graphite racing canoes on the competitors shoulders, sprinting through a gauntlet of spectators, to the launch into the narrow, twisty headwaters of the AuSable River where it passes through town. The race proceeds all night long through the pitch black desolate Huron National Forest. The break of dawn finds most of the paddlers still charging at full speed through the dense fog on the backwaters of Alcona Pond, enroute downstream to Oscoda, and the $50,000 in prize money which establishes the AuSable River Canoe Marathon as the premier long distance canoe race in North America. First year competitors rarely complete the course, and any finish is respectable. Visit the official AuSable Canoe Marathon website link for photos and more information:

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