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Paddlers embark on 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic

David Sommerstein, North Country Public Radio
Posted 9/9/22

Some 600 paddlers have embarked on a race of 90 miles over three days through the heart of the Adirondacks.

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Paddlers embark on 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic

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Some 600 paddlers have embarked on a race of 90 miles over three days through the heart of the Adirondacks.

The Adirondack Canoe Classic, also known as the “90-Miler,” takes competitors from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. The event began today and will continue through Sunday afternoon. The course goes along the first 90 miles of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail that stretches into northern Maine.

This is the second year the Northern Forest Canoe Trail not-for-profit is running the race. Revenue from the race helps maintain the canoe trail.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation, local businesses and dozens of volunteers help keep the race safe and organized.

The event features 250 boats, including solo, two-person, four-person and eight-person canoes, as well as solo and tandem kayaks, one- and two-person guideboats and stand-up paddle boards. Hundreds of people acting as pit crews and spectators are also involved.

The race generates thousands of dollars for local towns along the course, including Old Forge, Inlet, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake, at a time when most summer tourists have departed for their year-round homes.

According to NFCT, the race started in Old Forge with several locations for viewing along state Route 28 including Arrowhead Park in Inlet and the finish line in Blue Mountain Lake. On the second day of the event, paddlers will pass by the Route 30 Bridge in Long Lake, from then head into Stoney Creek on the Raquette River and the finish line at the Route 3/30 DEC Fishing Access east of Tupper Lake. The third day of the event will pass by the Fish Creek Campground, into Bartlett Carry and the finish line festivities will be at Riverfront Park on Lake Flower in Saranac Lake.

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