Fifty-eight paddlers race from Grayling to Burtons Landing during C-1 event

Annual Spike’s Challenge race, held on Saturday night, features 50 men and eight women
Fifty-eight paddlers – 50 men and eight women – raced from Grayling to Burton’s Landing in one-person canoes during the 2019 Spike’s Challenge C-1 race on Saturday night.
Steve Lajoie won the Men’s Division with a time of 0:41:54. Danny Medina took second place with a time of 0:42:16. Chris Issendorf finished third (0:42:30) and John Kasik was fourth (0:43:01). Matt Gabriel took fifth with a time of 0:43:07.
In the Women’s Division, Mary Schlimmer finished first, posting the event’s 16th best overall time (0:46:22). Kristi Treston took second in the Women’s Division (0:48:24) and Katie Treston finished third (0:49:59).
Last year’s Spike’s Challenge C-1 race featured a record field of 68 paddlers. The 2017 C-1 race had 55 competitors. In 2016, the event had 45 paddlers. In 2015, the C-1 race had 63 competitors. Prior to 2018, the record for most competitors in the Spike’s Challenge C-1 race was 64 (2014 and 2012).
The C-1 race begins in Grayling at Joe Wakeley’s house (near Borchers AuSable Canoeing) and ends at Burton’s Landing. For the start, paddlers line up on both sides of the river in groups and leave in different heats. Starting positions are determined by random draw. It can be a challenging start with paddlers converging in the middle of the river during the beginning of each heat.
Finish times this year ranged from 41 minutes to 67 minutes, approximately.
 
2019 Spike’s Challenge C-1 Race Results
C-1 Expert Division
Place Canoe # Name Time 
01 38 Steve Lajoie 0:41:54
02 91 Danny Medina 0:42:16
03 5555 Chris Issendorf 0:42:30
04 56 John Kasik 0:43:01
05 221 Matt Gabriel 0:43:07
06 XX Kyle Mynar 0:43:08
07 96 Joseph Schlimmer 0:43:11
08 129 Russ Reker 0:43:19
09 16 Jeff Kolka 0:43:28
10 90 Austin Weiler 0:44:49
11 3 Mo Harwood 0:44:55
12 S8 Tim Sheldon 0:45:01
13 113 Phil Millspaugh 0:45:25
14 180 Doug Gillin 0:46:16
15 53 Sean Brabant 0:46:18
16 197 Jason Sharpe 0:46:23
17 12 Tad Hill 0:46:45
18 S7 Matthew Palmer 0:46:48
19 128 Joe Leusby 0:47:00
20 209 Zach Cheney 0:47:03
21 140 Stephen Routhley 0:47:14
22 50 Bill Mahaffy 0:47:15
23 143 Eric Batway 0:47:28
24 25 Tom Cannon 0:47:44
25 210 Derak Ferry 0:47:54
26 229 Rod Elliott 0:48:00
27 58 Greg Zophy 0:48:09
28 230 Jeremy Vore 0:48:13
29 227 David Kies 0:48:28
30 171 Chris Ecker 0:48:57
31 61 Zac Childs 0:49:21
32 53X Tom Fryer 0:49:26
33 T Bruce Daman 0:49:32
34 109 Mike Hale 0:49:44
35 153 Kevin Stalheim 0:49:48
36 Y Jim Humes 0:50:17
37 238 Mike Kellogg 0:50:25
38 99 DaveTimmerman 0:50:31
39 186 Mike Taylor 0:50:44
40 264 Roy Sowersby 0:51:28
41 159 Justin Griffith 0:52:10
42 28 Jon Vermilyea 0:52:17
43 95 Rick Gillings 0:52:54
44 212 Brian Mundy 0:54:21
45 0 Bob Bradford 0:54:30
46 V Eric Swander 0:54:40
47 ZZ Aaron Mead 0:54:49
48 84A Doug Schofield 0:57:44
49 41 Nate Greerey 0:58:46
50 Rich Ensley 1:02:20
 
C-1 Expert Women’s Division
Place Canoe # Name Time 
01 22 Mary Schlimmer 0:46:22
02 24 Kristi Treston 0:48:24
03 64 Katie Treston 0:49:59
04 36 Katie Peck 0:50:05
05 X Beth Schluter 0:50:24
06 108 Jaya Elleson 0:50:41
07 22 Maria Schilling 0:53:05
08 149 Della Lambert 1:07:05
 
Results courtesy of www.ausablecanoemarathon.org

 

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