2017-04-19 / Sports & Outdoors

SMALLS TO THE WALL

Steep Creek Kayak Racing in western Maine
By Dee Menear Irregular Staff Writer

Spectators held their breath as kayakers went over falls and under water, and then cheered enthusiastically as they reached the end of the course. Kayakers commented on the race as they crossed the bridge and climbed back to the top for their second run. “That was so much fun,” said one racer.

“The weather was perfect and the water level was awesome,” organizer Andrew Cooper said. “The huge spectator turnout made for a very exciting day.”

For more information on the annual event, visit smallstothewall.com.

Winners were determined using the combined times of two runs. Times are shown in minutes and seconds.

Women:
1st — Leanne Bernier = 1:37
Men:
1st — Cory Thibodeau = 1:18
2nd — Gavin Frisbe = 1:23
3rd — Zack Disilvestro = 1:24
4th — Matt Melcher = 1:25

5th — Chuck Mathew = 1:26
6th — Charlie Frye = 1:29
7th — Alex Wiken = 1:30
8th — Marty Parichand = 1:32
9th — Bill Barker = 1:34
10th — Mike Norgang = 1:41
11th — Mike D = 2:02
12th — Gibby Fulford = 2:23
13th — Adam Frey = DNF (one run completed
.42)
14th — Ben Lewis = DNF (one run completed
.52)
15th — Drew Bates = DNF (one run completed
.55)
16th — Matthew Leahey = DNF (one run completed .56)



TOWNSHIP E — Sixteen men and one woman exchanged a hefty dose of bravery for a rush of adrenalin over the weekend at the Smalls to the Wall Steep Creek Whitewater Kayak Race. The fourth annual event was held on the Sandy River at Small’s Falls. Spectators perched on either side of the gorge and lined the bridge at the base of the falls to watch the time-trial race on the river swollen with spring snowmelt. TOWNSHIP E — Sixteen men and one woman exchanged a hefty dose of bravery for a rush of adrenalin over the weekend at the Smalls to the Wall Steep Creek Whitewater Kayak Race. The fourth annual event was held on the Sandy River at Small’s Falls. Spectators perched on either side of the gorge and lined the bridge at the base of the falls to watch the time-trial race on the river swollen with spring snowmelt.

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