A group of RHCC Masters kicked off the 2019 paddling season on May 18th at the 41st running of the Marsh Mash Canoe and Kayak Race, the 4th oldest Marathon Canoe Race in Ontario!
The race attracts Canoeists, Kayakers, Stand Up Paddleboarders, and Outrigger Paddlers from all over the province and there are a great number of classes as well as a choice of race distances.
The weather was good, the canal (surrounding Holland Marsh) was clear of plants (the race got its name originally from literally having to “mash” one’s way through plants and weeds), and the race was great!
- Andrei Zoubakine finished 6th in the 24km Senior ICF K1 Men’s category
- Andrew Ivanov took 2nd in the 18km Open Kayak field
- Vita Ivanovs, Mark Nemec and Vlad Pankratov all placed 1st in their respective 9km Recreational Kayak or Canoe groupings.
And all left happy having each received a bag onions and carrots and one spring flower from the local farmers for their efforts!