Ausable River

Canoe Marathon

Cheers to "The world’s toughest spectator race"

The AuSable River Canoe Marathon is an annual 120 mile (193km) non-stop, canoe-only race from Grayling to Oscoda. Competitors rush down the river after a chaotic half mile long lemans style running start to the river put in at 9pm Saturday. Racers cruising over 120 paddle strokes per minute hurry out of town, paddling through the night and well into the next day. This rush down the river is as thrilling to watch as it is grueling to compete in, nicknamed "The World's Toughest Spectator Race" for a reason. 6 hydroelectric dam portages and many river access sites allow for the dedicated fan to view as canoers paddle along the course toward Lake Huron. During the race, you can find the PHB family on the banks of (or in) the AuSable River pitting for their teams and cheering on the paddling community for the 14+ hours it takes to finish the race. It's safe to say that these athletes take "Paddling Hard" to a whole new level..

Race Event