The Spike’s Challenge Canoe Races are held the weekend prior to the AuSable River Canoe Marathon and runs from the streets of Grayling to McMaster’s Bridge. Time trials for starting position are held on Saturday in the City Park pond. The C-1 Race is on Saturday night and runs from Borcher’s Canoe Livery to Burton’s Landing. The C-2 race is on Sunday where the canoes and teams line up on Ingham Street at 8:30 am. The horn sounds at 9:00 am and the teams run to the Old AuSable Fly Shop for the beginning of their trek to McMaster’s Bridge.
– Sprints for C-2 Race in the City Park, 9am
– Downtown Music Bash on Michigan Avenue, 3-11pm
– Start of C-1 Race at Joe Wakeley’s House (behind Borchers Canoe Livery), 6pm
Sunday, July 21st
– Spike’s Challenge Race at Old AuSable Fly Shop, 9am