GRAYLING- “Anticipation is building among AuSable River Canoe Marathon fans everywhere and that feeling of excitement is almost palpable here in the communities of Northern Michigan’s AuSable River Valley,” says Phil Weiler, spokesperson for the Consumers Energy 75th AuSable River Canoe Marathon.
One of the toughest, fastest paced, most grueling and competitive professional marathon canoe races anywhere, The Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon – Sat. and Sun, July 29-30 – is the middle leg of the prestigious Triple Crown of Canoe Racing. The iconic, ultra endurance event is widely recognized as “One of the Greatest Races on Earth!” and “The World’s Toughest Spectator Sports”. Tens of thousands of devoted fans follow the race in person or online every year, but according to Weiler, “this one is extra special.”
“Because this is the 75th running of the event, the buzz is already building and it will continue to do so over the coming weeks. Paddlers from throughout North America and beyond will soon begin arriving in Northern Michigan with their stealthy, sleek carbon fiber racing canoes for THE Marathon. It’s a busy and exciting time for communities in the AuSable River Valley!”
A record field of more than 100 teams is anticipated, with entries from Australia, Germany and Belize, and representation from an additional twenty US states and Canadian provinces expected.
AuSable Marathon fans are also eagerly looking forward to the June 24th debut of the much-anticipated first episode of “Au Sable”, a three-part docu-series being produced by Consumers Energy in conjunction with the AuSable Marathon’s organizing committee.
“Au Sable” is the story of the river, the race and the legends that have shaped the race’s 75-year history. Told through exclusive interviews with some of the race’s most iconic figures, “Au Sable” provides a rare glimpse into what it takes to conquer the challenge of a lifetime.
According to Weiler, “The fans, paddlers, our sponsors, event volunteers…everyone was impressed by the trailer for “Au Sable” when we debuted it at our annual kickoff event in May. The team at Consumers Energy is really taking the story of the race and these incredible athletes to the elevated platform they’ve long deserved. We are all anxious to see the first episode next week!”
Episode one of “Au Sable” will debut via a live Facebook Watch party on the AuSable Marathon Facebook Page at 1:00 PM EDT, Sat. June 24. It will subsequently be available for viewing on the AuSable Marathon Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. Episode two will launch in the same manner on July 22 and episode three on August 26.
To learn more about one the greatest races on Earth, Weiler suggests checking out the AuSable Marathon’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel @ausblemarathon plus the website for the Consumers Energy 75th AuSable River Canoe Marathon: https://www.AuSableCanoeMarathon.org