2013 Arkansas Kayak & Canoe Race - June 1st
The 2013 race in in the books and there is no doubt everyone that came will always remember this race.
When you have to change rivers the day before the race due to flood conditions and the weather station says strong storms were baring down on us, it's great that we still had 54 boats lined up to race. The race was started early but just in time. After about a minute into the race a wall of wind and rain hit. With pouring rain and high wind the racers kept going for a up and back 5-mile course that was laid out on the Little Maumelle River. As racers hit the turnaround the hail stared. Only one word was repeated when asked how everyones race was and that was "Epic". Epic it was.
At the finish Dylan Puckett was sprinting to pull ahead of Mike Herbert for a narrow victory . It has been great watching Dylan mature over the last 4 years to become one of the Nations best young paddlers. Andy Guiandinu edging out Maggie Hogan the fastest woman of the race.
54 racers on a day like we had was outstanding!
A Big Thank You to all the volunteers that stood in the heavy rains to make this a great success. This years race never to be forgotten!