On Saturday, June 25, nearly 80 people canoed, kayaked, and cycled—along with one paddle boarder and one runner—in the Missisquoi River Paddle-Pedal in Richford, Vermont. The 6.5-mile river paddle and 4.5-mile ride on the adjacent Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail occurred beneath a bluebird sky and amidst lush, early summer green. Despite low water in some spots causing boaters to navigate around gravel bars (or hop out to push boats over them) it was a scenic race enjoyed by participants aged from preschool to retiree.
Entered in the kayak/solo canoe male class, Jim Fredericks was the first finisher with a time of 1:16:27. The second place finisher was Joann Hanowski with a time of 1:24:44 in the kayak/canoe solo female class, and Daniel Voisin finished third with a time of 1:26:30 in the kayak/solo canoe male class.
The event was co-hosted by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Northern Tier Center for Health, and sponsored by the American Canoe Association, Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail, Richford Conservation Commission, RiseVT, and The Jay Cloud Cyclery. We thank Grey Gables Mansion Bed & Breakfast, Montgomery Adventures and the Richford River Fest for their invaluable support, as well as Russ Ford, Scott and Susan Staples, rail trail volunteers, and NFCT interns for their help in running the event.
We also thank our Richford Trail Town Committee, comprised of local leaders and NFCT staff, who help with key logistics for this annual event as part of our continuing efforts to promote outdoor recreation in northern Vermont.
See results and photos below.
|Kayk/Solo Canoe Male|
|Kayk/Solo Canoe Female|
|Peter Malley & Michael Malley||1:28:18|
|Kaitlyn Hayes & Nora Oliver||2:05:31|
|Russ Ford & Charon Fegard||1:39:31|
|Clyde & Carol Yarnell||1:32:02|
|Carolyn Goodwin Kueffner||2:42:38|
|Mary Jane Ohlson||2:54:23|