How the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe race became the biggest event of its kind in New England


The initial running of the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race came about for the reason that two pals assumed it might be a fun plan to race canoes and kayaks in the spring of 1967.

Small did founders Sonny Colburn and Lew Gilman know that 55 many years later on, the race would still be likely strong. Immediately after several years of high water and reduced, by sunny times and freak snowstorms, and even immediately after 2020, when the pandemic forced the cancellation of the party for the to start with time in its heritage, the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race will be operate for the 55th time this Saturday.

The 1967 race, which to this working day is officially organized by the Bangor Parks and Recreation Division, saw 51 men and women brave the chilly waters to paddle from the city of Kenduskeag to downtown Bangor. The most effective over-all time that to start with calendar year belonged to the two-man canoe crew of Sam Stoddard and Jim Robbins, who clocked in at 2:52:53.


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