- Dale Duff Reporting ([email protected])
Not the cold. Not the rain. Not the low water. Nothing could stop Sabattus, Maine paddler Ben Randall from winning the 2021 Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race.
His winning time to paddle his kayak down the 16.5 mile course from downtown Kenduskeag to downtown Bangor was 2-hours, 45-minutes, 26-seconds. Randall was runner-up in the previous four races to Nova Scotia racer Trevor McLean. He was not in this year’s race because of the border closure with Canada still in affect.
The two-man canoe team of Jerry and Gus Madore from Wales, Massachusetts finished in second place with a time of 2:59:04.
In all, 423 paddlers in 220 boats entered the race.
It was the 54th edition of the Kenduskeag Stream Race. Last year’s race was not held because of the pandemic.