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Remington Canoe Race holds charm

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In June, Kerry Newell of Heuvelton was part of an international crew which took second place in the Voyageur Division of world renown Yukon Challenge in Alaska.

Today, he will be part of a foursome which will paddle in the Governor’s Cup professional race on Indian Lake.

He has raced in top flight events all over country but each year he looks foward to enjoying the unique charm of the Heuvelton to Ogdensburg Remington I Canoe Race of the Ogdensburg Seaway Festival.

“As I was driving home from the Yukon I was looking forward to just getting out on the course and enjoying this race,” said Newell on Saturday after teaming up with one of the area’s premier kayakers, Dave McAdoo, to win the Men’s Division of the 2013 Remington Race.

Newell and McAdoo, who also won the draw for a beautifully framed Remington print which donated by the Frederic Remington Art Museum, and the rest of the field enjoyed the high water conditions and brisk breeze which counteracted the effects of the recent heat wave.

“I am sure of the threat of a storm kept some people away but we had a good day. And we are looking for better things next year” said Race Director Jennifer Warriner.

The fastest time of the day was turned in by the sleek Grasse River Boatworks C-4 craft powered by the eloquent paddle strokes of Steve Coffin and John, Johnny and Gene Newman.

REMINGTON CANOE RACE LEADERS

C-4: Steve Coffin and John, Johnny and Gene Newman (Canton) (fastest time of day). C2Women: Blanche Towne (Canton) 2:00, Alicia (Stamford CT), and Amanda Woods (Ogd) 2:23, Molly Coryer (Ogd) and Olivia Martin (Waddington) 3:13.Adult-Youth: Courtney-Bruce Green 2:34.Men: Dave McAdoo (Rensselaer Falls) and Kerry Newell (Heuvelton) 1:58:10, Tiernan and Edward Smith 1:58:47 (Ogdensburg), Adam Bleau and Al Ashley (Heuvelton) (2:27:11).

Kayak Men: Allen Kelly (Rennselaer Falls) 1:40, Jason Butterfield (Ogdensburg) 2:07. Kayak Women: Melissa Butterfield (Ogdensburg) 2:17, Sarah Bodwell (Lisbon) 2:26. Kayak Tandem: Matt Skeels (Canton), Eileen Visser (Potsdam) 1:31, Mary and David Kelly (Rensselaer Falls) 1:49, James Bleau-Abby Weegar (Ogdensburg) 2:36:07.


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