According to the BDN, or at least one of its bloggers, the annual Madawaska River Run (Westmanland - Stockholm) is being held on Sunday, May 20th. Is there any particular reason this race hasn't been listed by MaCKRO in the three years I've been following along? It seems to be a well-attended race; the last results I could find listed over 110 paddlers. As I'm a flatwater guy, I'd like to know more about it.
First off, I've not done the race; but I've spoken with some competitive racers who've done it several times. I hear they always draw many boats, but few of the paddlers are actually racing. Sounds like a scenic course and a good length. Historically it has not been advertised well. I've asked one of my buddies who has done the race many times to add his two-cents worth, so we'll see if he responds.
The Madawaska Stream Race in Stockholm has been around for about 40 years. It does have a great turnout. It is a rite of spring for most participants who are mostly locals Very few people actually race. Most just float down the 6.5 mile course It is a twisty narrow stream. It has a good flow in most places. Some years the race is fairly shallow in most spots. When I race it, me and my known competition keep our own times on our gps's as sometimes there are mistakes with the timing. I don't take the race seriously. The course is a very fun and challenging especially in a flatwater boat, which is the best part. I like to race my flat water c-1. If you bring you flat water c-1 and finish the course without flipping I will gladly present you with one of my Death proof decals for your boat. When it's shallow I race a beater boat. Hope this helps.
I'm sorry for my tardy to response to this thread I started. Thank you, Chris, Fran, and Fred, for your responses. Comprehensive information, which is truly appreciated by this paddler!
MaCKRO, I haven't been shy about my criticisms of this organization in the past (I canceled my membership after a single season), and I won't be shy here. This race should be on the calendar. I'm much more interested in Maine races than, say, those in Colorado. This is basic.
I agree that it sounds like a fun race. I agree that it should be listed.
On the other hand, I don't believe that MaCKRO has ever refused to list a race when requested. I guess what I am saying is that at least half of the responsibility lies with the race director: contact MaCKRO and ask that the race be listed.
I will pass this conversation on to Eric G., who is currently handling the race listing calendar. In order to list a race, MaCKRO does need to receive the basic items in a typical race description.
Last Edit: May 14, 2018 20:58:35 GMT -5 by Ray Wirth