C-1 race on Saturday night features near-record number of paddlers
Tue, 07/25/2023 - 1:42pm caleb
Competitors race from Grayling to Burton’s Landing during Spike’s Challenge
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The 2023 Spike’s Challenge C-1 event featured close to record numbers this year as more than 70 paddlers raced from Grayling to Burton’s Landing on Saturday night.
According to race results, 75 people finished this year’s Spike’s Challenge C-1 event. The record number of participants for the race is 79 (established in 2022).
Mike Davis edged Steve Lajoie by two seconds, 0:41:45 to 0:41:47, in the men’s division race. Chris Issendorf took third with a time of 0:42:15.
Guillaume Blais finished fourth (0:42:30), Danny Medina took fifth (0:42:51), Kyle Mynar was sixth (0:43:36), Kyle Stonehouse placed seventh (0:43:44), Dodd Yeager finished eighth (0:44:06), Austin Weiler was ninth (0:44:19), and Michael Schlimmer took 10th (0:44:58).
Connie Cannon won the women’s division with a time of 0:49:55. Rebecca Davis took second place in the women’s division (0:52:05) and Shannon Issendorf finished third (0:52:55).
Spike’s Keg ‘O’ Nails started the Spike’s Challenge C-2 race in 1991 as a shorter daytime version of the AuSable River Canoe Marathon. Spike’s Challenge organizers added the C-1 race in 1993, creating a full weekend of canoe racing.
Complete results of the 2023 Spike’s Challenge C-1 race are available online at https://www.ausablecanoemarathon.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/Spikes_2...