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The 66th Anniversary 2013 AuSable River International Canoe Marathon begins with sprints for starting positions on Wednesday, July 24th and ends with the 13th Annual Black Bear Bicycle Tour on Sunday, July 28th.
This week long festival includes fun filled events such as Kid’s Day, HUP Race, Arts & Crafts show, Cruise Night, Classic Car Show of Grayling. Other festivities include the AuSable River Festival Parade, Downtown Music Bash, Dash for Cash, Annual Kid’s Race, Special Olympics Canoe Races, 10k Fun Run & Walk, Food Court, and the world-renowned Icehouse Quilt Shop’s Quilt Show. Many local businesses will be participating all week with individual activities such as an Ice Cream Social, Community Coffee Break, Horseshoe Tournament, $1,000 Raffle and a Chicken BBQ.
The AuSable River Canoe Marathon is the richest canoe race in North America. The $50,000 purse will be up for grabs by expert paddlers from around the world. The racecourse runs almost the entire length of the AuSable River, 120 miles. Paddlers begin by running LeMans style on Saturday, July 27th at 9pm, to The Old AuSable Fly Shop with thousands of shouting spectators looking on. On Sunday morning, the Black Bear Bicycle Tour departs for Oscoda to catch the paddlers at the end of their overnight adventure. The race ends in Oscoda, MI on the shores of Lake Huron.
Grayling is east of Traverse City where M-72 meets I-75.