10th Annual Paddlepalooza Makes A Splash

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

On the cool Saturday morning of June 2nd, 137 kayakers and canoers gathered along the banks of the Clinton River at Riverside Park, in Downtown Auburn Hills, for the 10th Annual Paddleplaooza.   All participants, young and old, were geared up to take the eight-mile trip that ends in Rochester Hills at River Crest Banquet Center.

This year, 20 men participated in the kayak race which was won by Rick Ensley.  The women’s kayak race was won by Gwenn Stevenson, by a 1.18-second margin.  She beat out the six other competitors in the race.  But the closest race of the day and in Paddlepalooza history occurred during the canoe race.  Of the ten teams that entered the canoe race – the team of Lynne Browning and Vince Schrank took home the first place trophy.  They crossed the line just 12 seconds ahead of the 2017 champions.

As for the race for the Mayor’s Challenge Cup – we’re pleased to announce that Auburn Hills Mayor Kevin McDaniel and Erika McDaniel, successfully defended the Mayor’s Challenge Cup over Team Rochester Hills.  Auburn Hills holds an edge over Rochester Hills who had dominated the race during the first four years.

The remaining 90 paddling enthusiast took a more leisurely pace down the river to better enjoy the scenic views and wildlife often seen throughout the river’s riparian corridor.

Once paddlers reached the end, they all enjoyed a nice lunch on the patio of River Crest, while swapping stories and tall tales of their adventure down the Clinton River.

Race Results

Winners in the One Person Kayak Race – Men’s Division

  1. Rick Ensley (right) 1:16.10
  2. Gerald Dihle (center) 1:17.28
  3. John Carricle (left) 1:18.31

Winners in the One Person Kayak Race – Women’s Division

  1. Gwenn Stevenson (center) 1:25.10
  2. Kristy Jacobson (right) 1:25.30
  3. Stacy Miller-Serota (left) 1:25.10

Winners in the Two-Person Canoe Race

  1. Lynne Browning and Vince Schrank (right) 1:25.12
  2. David and Violet Fiddes (middle) 1:25.24
  3. Bryan Cook and Jeff LaBlank (left) 2:23.55

The Mayor’s Challenge Cup

Mayor Kevin McDaniel (center right) and Erika McDaniel (center right) – Team Auburn Hills and Mayor Bryan Barnett (center left) and Kenneth Barnett (center left) – Team Rochester Hills

To learn more about kayaking and canoeing the Clinton River and all the access points along it, please visit the Clinton River Watershed Council’s Water Trail webpage at http://www.crwc.org/paddling.

Thank you to all the sponsors and supporters:

 

Paddlepalooza Reaches A Milestone

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

Paddlepalooza will reach a milestone this year – its 10th anniversary – on Saturday, June 2nd.   Over the past nine years, more than 1,000 kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts have participated in Paddlepalooza, an event organized by Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills to celebrate Clinton River and demonstrate the recreational value this scenic river has to offer.

Many paddlers return each year to take the 8 mile trip down the Clinton River with friends and family members. While some enjoy viewing the abundant wildlife during their excursion, others enjoy the competition of the kayak or canoe races.  Participants and observers agree that the start of the kayak and canoe races are some of the most entertaining parts of the event.

Those more familiar with this event know about “the race within the race.” Each year Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills enter a team or two into the two-person canoe race to win the coveted “Mayors Challenge Cup.”  Both Auburn Hills Mayor Kevin McDaniel and Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett have each held the cup in victory over the years, but their competitive spirit pales in comparison to the passion they have for preserving one of this region’s most precious resources, the Clinton River.

If you enjoy kayaking and/or canoeing, come and join the fun.  We hope to surpass last year’s record attendance of 155 participants.  For more information about Paddlepalooza, please visit the following website: http://www.auburnhills.org/community/downtown/paddlepalooza/

Thank you to all the sponsors and supporters:

Paddlepalooza Sets A New Record For Attendance

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The combination of perfect weather and water levels drew 155 outdoor enthusiasts to participate in this year’s Paddlepalooza.  This river event is hosted by both Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills and allows paddlers from all around Southeast Michigan the opportunity to enjoy one of many recreational opportunities the river has to offer.

The festivities began in Riverside Park with both Auburn Hills Mayor, Kevin McDaniel and Rochester Hills Mayor, Bryan Barnett, thanking participants for their participation as well as touting the value of this great resource both communities take pride in protecting and enhancing for all to enjoy.

This year 28 men and ten women participated in the one-person kayak race, while 14 teams participated in the two-person canoe race.  The remaining 89 participants took a slower and steadier pace down the river to better enjoy the pristine views nature has to offer.

The event finished eight miles downstream in Rochester Hills, where participants had a chance to share stories while enjoying lunch on the patio of River Crest Banquet Facility.

Winners of the One Person Kayak Race – Men’s Division

  1. Richard Ensley – 1:15.25
  2. Vince Schnard – 1:18.04
  3. John Carricle – 1:18.08

Winners of the One Person Kayak Race – Women’s Division

  1. Gwenn Stevenson – 1:31.40
  2. Linda Gamage – 1:33.01
  3. Jean Dylong – 1:37.14

Winners of the Two Person Canoe Race

  1. David & Violet Fiddes – 1:34.18
  2. Jeffrey LeBlanc & Timothy Sosko – 1:42.00
  3. Kevin McDaniel & James Stevens – 1:44.06

As for the Mayors Cup Challenge, it was a three-peat for Mayor Kevin McDaniel and James Stevens (team Auburn Hills) who successfully defended the Cup, over Mayor Bryan Barnett and Jimmie Roach (team Rochester Hills).

Word has it, Rochester Hills, who always brings their A-game, was running strong and gaining ground before confronting a sideways canoe in their path.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS.

Plan to join in the fun next year at the 10th Annual Paddlepalooza on June 2nd!

High Spirits In Low Water

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Over 120 devoted paddlers participated in the 8th Annual Paddlepalooza that took place on Saturday, June 4th.  Although the water level was a bit low this year, it didn’t seem to dampen the spirit, fun and enthusiasm of this year’s participants.

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This year twenty-three men and thirteen women participated in the one-person kayak race and five teams participated in the two-person canoe race.  All remaining river buffs to a more pleasant pace down the river enjoying the views and activities nature has to offer on a bright sunny day.

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Each year teams from Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills, the two cities that organize the event, have a friendly race for the Mayor’s Challenge Cup.   We’re pleased to announce that Auburn Hills Mayor Kevin McDaniel and James Stevens, successfully defended the Mayor’s Cup.  This is Mayor McDaniel’s second victory in a row.  Rochester Hills Mayor Brian Barnett and his brother Orion Township Supervisor Chris Barnett were a formidable team.

All those involved in this year’s event enjoyed a nice lunch on the patio of River Crest Banquet Facility, while swapping stories of their journey down the river.

Winners in the One Person Kayak Race – Men’s Division

  1. Vince Schrand (left) 1:40.22
  2. Ken Rieth (middle) 1:40.30
  3. John Carrick (right) 1:41.50

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Winners in the One Person Kayak Race – Women’s Division

  1. Stacy Miller-Serota (right) 1:49.50
  2. Taylor Sloan (left) 1:56.44
  3. Gwenn Stevenson (middle) 1:59.07

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Winners in the Two-Person Canoe Race

  1. Don Peterka and Todd Sand (front center) 1:58.23
  2. Jeff Leblanc and Tim Sosko (back right) 2:11.12
  3. Samuel Addy and Ali Ahmed (back left) 2:23.55

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Winner of the Mayor’s Challenge Cup

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Mayor Kevin McDaniel (center left) and James Stevens (center right) – Team Auburn Hills

Mayor Bryan Barnett (right) and Supervisor Chris Barnett (left) – Team Rochester Hills

Click here to see more photos from the event.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Row!

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The 8th Annual Paddlepalooza is set for Saturday, June 4th.  This river event, held in partnership with the City of Rochester Hills and the Clinton River Watershed Council, offers kayakers and canoers alike an opportunity to explore and enjoy the Clinton River and our natural resources.

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For those with a more competitive edge, participants can enter one of three race events; the one-person kayak race (men’s and women’s division) or the two-person canoe race.  Teams placing first will receive a $100 gift card from Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World or Summit Sports.

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Speaking of the competitive spirit, this is also the day the City of Auburn Hills will be defending the coveted “Mayor’s Cup” from the City of Rochester Hills.  Yes, last year Auburn Hills Mayor Kevin McDaniel and James Stevens, aka Team Auburn Hills, successfully defended the cup for the second year in a row.  The Mayor’s Cup series is now tied with each City having three wins to their name.

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A raffle, for various items provided by Moosejaw, will be held for participants at the finish line while they enjoy hot dogs, chips and lemonade at River Crest Banquet Center.  Click here for more information about the event.

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Splish’in and a Splash’in

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Splish, splash, splish, splash.  That’s the sound you will hear at the starting line for the 7th Annual Paddlepalooza scheduled for Saturday, May 30th.

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This event, held in partnership with the City of Rochester Hills and the Clinton River Watershed Council, offers kayakers and canoers alike an opportunity to explore and enjoy the Clinton River and our natural resources.  The event begins at Riverside Park in Auburn Hills and ends eight miles downstream at River Crest Banquet Center, located in Rochester Hills.

Each year over 80 people participate in this river celebration that includes a one-person kayak race (men’s division and women’s division), a two-person canoe race and an adventure paddle for those wanting to take a more leisurely pace along the way.  Another highlight of the event will be the much-anticipated canoe race between Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills for the coveted Mayors Cup.

A raffle will be held for participants at the finish line while they enjoy hotdogs, chips and lemonade at River Crest Banquet Center.  For more information about the event, please visit our website by clicking here.

To the Victor Goes the Spoils

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Water Resources Coordinator

Congratulations to all the Paddlepalooza 2013 race winners.  It was a great day for the racers and paddling enthusiast who took the eight mile trip down the Clinton River, from Auburn Hills (Riverside Park) to Rochester Hills (River Crest Banquet Facility).

This year’s winner of the Mayors Challenge Cup goes to Rochester Hills.  Rochester Hills team of Mayor Bryan Barnett and Jan Asche’.  Rochester Hills now takes possession of the cup and has the bragging rights until next year’s race.  Congratulations Mayor Barnett!

One Person Kayak Race

One Person Kayak Race

One Person Kayak Race

1st place Bob Olsabeck (middle), 2nd place Richard Ewsley (right), 3rd Place Steve Hoffman (left)

Two Person Canoe Race

Two Person Canoe Race

Two Person Canoe Race

1st place Violet and Dave Fiddes (middle), 2nd place Curt Snyder and Lori Miller (left), 3rd place Chris Barnett and Andrea Asche’ (right)

Mayor's Challenge Cup

Mayor’s Challenge Cup

Mayor’s Challenge Cup

Bryan Barnett (right) and Jan Asche’ (left)

A special thank you to all of our 2013 sponsors and supporters:

Genisys Credit Union, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Summit Sports, Moosejaw, REI, Clinton River Watershed Council, River Crest Banquet Facility, Noodles & Company, U.S. Army, OHM Advisors, Clinton River Canoe and Kayak Rental, Simple Adventure, Whole Foods and Caribou Coffee