Andrew Triebold and Steve Lajoie add to their record number of wins as a team with 11th victory together

Ninety teams race from Grayling to Oscoda during 72nd AuSable River Canoe Marathon on Saturday and Sunday
The team with the most victories in the history of the Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon – a 120-mile non-stop race from Grayling to Oscoda held every year during the last full weekend of July – added to its all-time record on Sunday, winning the race for the 11th time.
Andrew Triebold of Grayling and Steve Lajoie of Quebec, as a duo, had 10 AuSable Marathon championships going into this year’s race after winning the event together in 2004, 2008 through 2015, and 2018.
On Sunday, Triebold and Lajoie reached the finish line at Oscoda in 14:15:34, approximately five minutes ahead of the second place team of Guillaume Blais and Samuel Frigon. Blais and Frigon, both of Quebec, posted an unofficial time of 14:20:13.
Chris Issendorf of Texas and Pete Mead of Traverse City took third place with a time of 14:21:18.
The two teams battling for second place were seconds apart for most of the race, but Blais and Frigon managed to pull ahead after Foote Dam, the last timing area before Oscoda.
Mike Davis of Homer and Shane MacDowell of New York finished fourth with an unofficial time of 14:25:54. Graham Smith of Saskatchewan and Matt Meersman of Indiana placed fifth with a time of 14:31:05. Wesley Dean of Ohio and Kyle Stonehouse of Grayling took sixth (14:43:45). Eric Gagnon and Serge Pagé, both of Quebec, finished seventh (14:45:06).
Nick Walton of Eaton Rapids and Weston Willoughby of Grayling placed eighth with an unofficial time of 14:48:48. The ninth place team – with a time of 14:51:24 – consisted of Logan Mynar and Kyle Mynar, both of Texas. The final top 10 team? Daniel Medina of Homer and Matt Gabriel, Jr. of Grayling with a time of 14:52:35.
Ryan Zaveral of New York and Pierre-Olivier Quesnel of Quebec took 11th (14:54:23). Tommy Pellerin and Normand Mainguy, both of Quebec, were 12th (14:57:53). Michael Schlimmer and Patrick Madden, both of New York, finished 13th (15:05:22).
The 14th place team – Richard Lauth of Grosse Ile and Mary Schlimmer of Traverse City – won the Mixed Division. They posted an unofficial time of 15:06:18.
Jason Hatfield of Grayling and Carson Burmeister of Grand Rapids took 15th with a time of 15:11:42.
Rebecca Davis of Homer and Edith MacHattie of Saskatchewan, winners of the Women’s Division, finished 16th overall. This year’s AuSable River Canoe Marathon featured a record number of all-female teams with nine, passing the previous mark of five (first established in 2013 and then matched in 2016, 2017, and 2018). Davis and MacHattie – with an unofficial time of 15:15:36 this year – broke their own record for best ever finish time for a Women’s Division team. In 2017, Davis and MacHattie posted a time of 15:17:39, breaking the previous mark of 15:26:14 (a record set in 1994).
Tim Sheldon of Grayling and Anthony Massicotte of Quebec finished 17th with a time of 15:19:33. Charles Darchen of Quebec and Jon Webb of Oscoda took 18th (15:21:11). Rod McLain of Maine and Andy Hall of Massachusetts were 19th (15:23:36). Adam Gelinas of Massachusetts and Sarah Lessard of Quebec finished 20th with an unofficial time of 15:31:43. 
Ray Trudgeon of Frederic and Bill Torongo of Roscommon took 21st (15:34:36). Andrew Condie and Jeff Glock, both of Texas, finished 22nd (15:36:54). Sean Brabant and Austin Weiler, both of Roscommon, placed 23rd (15:39:00).
Holly Reynolds of New York and Gloria Wesley of Massachusetts – the second place Women’s Division team this year – took 24th place overall with an unofficial finish time of 15:44:15.
Michael Garon of Washington Township added to his record number of consecutive finishes, placing 38th with Doug Gillin of Adrian. Garon has now completed the race 21 straight times, three more than the next closest streak (18, Lynne Witte, 1995 through 2012). 
Triebold posted his 17th consecutive finish on Sunday. Nate Winkler of Traverse City, who placed 50th with Chris Gallagher on Sunday, also posted his 17th straight finish this year.
Ninety teams started the 2019 AuSable River Canoe Marathon and 81 reached the finish line in under 19 hours – the required cut-off time at Oscoda – for a finish rate of 90 percent.
In 2000 through 2019, 20 AuSable Marathons, 1,505 teams started the race and 1,248 finished (83 percent). The highest finish percentage during that span was 91 percent (in both 2017 and 2006) and the lowest was 71 percent in 2001.
This year’s field of 90 teams is the third largest number in the history of the race. The 2011 and 2009 races also had 90 teams. The all-time record for most teams for the event is 95 in 2016. In 2010, the Marathon had 94 teams, currently the second most in the history of the race.
The AuSable River Canoe Marathon is the second leg of the Triple Crown of Canoe Racing. The first leg is the General Clinton Canoe Regatta, a one-day 70-mile race conducted on the Susquehanna River in New York on Memorial Day. The third leg is la Classique de Canots de la Mauricie, a three-day three-stage race held on the St. Maurice River in Quebec on Labor Day weekend.
 
2019 AuSable River Canoe Marathon Unofficial Results
Place Canoe# Name Name Time
01 01 Andrew Triebold Steve Lajoie 14:15:34
02 02 Guillaume Blais Samuel Frigon 14:20:13
03 08 Chris Issendorf Pete Mead 14:21:18
04 55 Mike Davis Shane MacDowell 14:25:54
05 63 Graham Smith Matt Meersman 14:31:05
06 07 Wesley Dean Kyle Stonehouse 14:43:45
07 06 Eric Gagnon Serge Pagé 14:45:06
08 13 Nick Walton Weston Willoughby 14:48:48
09 97 Logan Mynar Kyle Mynar 14:51:24
10 91 Daniel Medina Matt Gabriel, Jr. 14:52:35
11 25 Ryan Zaveral Pierre-Olivier Quesnel 14:54:23
12 94 Tommy Pellerin Normand Mainguy 14:57:53
13 00 Michael Schlimmer Patrick Madden 15:05:22
14 89 Richard Lauth Mary Schlimmer 15:06:18
15 68 Jason Hatfield Carson Burmeister 15:11:42
16 37 Rebecca Davis Edith MacHattie 15:15:36
17 20 Tim Sheldon Anthony Massicotte 15:19:33
18 57 Charles Darchen Jon Webb 15:21:11
19 80 Rod McLain Andy Hall 15:23:36
20 64 Adam Gelinas Sarah Lessard 15:31:43
21 14 Ray Trudgeon Bill Torongo 15:34:36
22 30 Andrew Condie Jeff Glock 15:36:54
23 90 Sean Brabant Austin Weiler 15:39:00
24 85 Holly Reynolds Gloria Wesley 15:44:15
25 65 Sylvain Greffard Dominic Chamberland 15:45:19
26 45 Craig Stolen Ryan Peterson 15:52:54
27 15 Rock Pagé Simon Pagé 16:01:17
28 74 Seth Miller Stephen Miller 16:02:23
29 53 Joseph Manns Lilly Brick 16:04:05
30 27 Brandon Barnes Jason Sharpe 16:04:09
31 10 Joe Leusby Matthew Palmer 16:05:18
32 34 Shawn Spallinger Carrie Montgomery 16:11:00
33 31 Fred Kueffer Kira Stolen 16:12:06
34 24 Kristi Treston Katie Treston 16:14:47
35 03 Chris Prater Oliver McMillan 16:15:14
36 81 Benjamin Menk Jeremiah Menk 16:16:23
37 44 Sylvie Nadeau Phoebe Reese 16:16:34
38 36 Michael Garon Doug Gillin 16:19:22
39 93 Greg Zophy Maria Schilling 16:21:41
40 33 Dan Mecklenburg Debbie Brax 16:23:04
41 22 Mike Packard Nate Lull 16:24:29
42 39 Sean Casey Bryan Bearss 16:27:54
43 43 Mike Hartman Flash Marsh 16:30:59
44 71 Michael Cade Ed Jones 16:35:28
45 40 Jerry Lambert Fred Mills 16:36:25
46 95 Zach Cheney Chris Ecker 16:39:34
47 86 Chris Broderson Emily Broderson 16:39:43
48 87 Kaitlin Jiral Virginia Condie 16:42:16
49 50 Rodney Elliott Bill Mahaffy, Jr. 16:44:23
50 84 Chris Gallagher Nate Winkler 16:45:35
51 04 Tom Fryer Richard Parrott 16:47:43
52 59 Mark Koenig Jaya Elleson 16:48:50
53 29 L.J. Bourgeois Rodney Matthews 16:48:54
54 12 Josh Kellogg Mike Kellogg 16:52:38
55 61 Bradley Thompson Chuck Hewitt 16:52:50
56 05 Phil Armstrong Pam Fitzgerald 16:52:55
57 70 Benjamin Tarbutton David Smith 16:57:01
58 56 Carl Béliveau Yves Greffard 16:58:36
59 47 Jeff DeFeo Rick Lorenzen 17:11:27
60 73 Jon Vermilyea Ed Wagner 17:12:23
61 35 Ryan Childs Zachary Childs 17:14:41
62 28 Aaron Putnam Rob Shadley 17:15:24
63 11 Tyler Sika Eric Sika 17:15:42
64 17 Douglas Dalman Nicole Rice-Owens 17:19:27
65 99 Tommy Cramer Karen Pleasant 17:20:41
66 54 Lynne Witte Gwen Hills 17:24:53
67 92 Shannon Issendorf Mollie Binion 17:27:38
68 58 Joe Dunaisky Io Harberts 17:34:19
69 72 Gary Aprea Nick Lyesiuk 17:40:01
70 82 Nicolas Isabelle Dominic Thibault 17:41:37
71 77 Ray Wonders Hunter Wonders 17:47:34
72 76 Keith Wojahn Jerry Killingbeck 17:51:37
73 26 Andrew Weeks Paddi Thornburg 17:53:23
74 49 Lauren Fry Mark Rowe 17:56:39
75 32 James Miller Peggy English 18:04:06
76 96 Joseph Geisinger Mary Geisinger 18:17:31
77 42 Alex Funderburg John Funderburg 18:25:14
78 18 Steve Belknap, Jr. Steve Belknap, Sr. 18:31:25
79 48 Mickey Kimsel Robby Kimsel 18:38:30
80 75 Nicky Krucinski Jessica Pieri 18:47:50
81 67 Karen Laszlo Stephen Routley 18:48:16
82 83 Joseph Schlimmer Philip Millspaugh DNF
83 60 Kevin Berl Roger Henry DNF
84 78 Ryan Bennett Todd Bennett DNF
85 52 Paul Olney JoAnn Olney DNF
86 88 Eric Dittenber Scott Carroll DNF
87 98 Trevor Lefever Benedict Schlimmer DNF
88 69 Chris Scully Dale Thompson DNF
89 66 Mathieu Pellerin Jimmy Pellerin DNF
90 51 Tanya Rice Heidi Farmer DNF
 
Results courtesy of www.ausablecanoemarathon.org
 
 

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