Raisin River Canoe Race postponed

In this April 2015, file photo, a kayaker heads through white water during the Raisin River Canoe Race. Organizers are postponing the 2018 event for one week because of a winter-like storm. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

SOUTH GLENGARRY – With a winter-like storm expected this weekend, organizers of the Raisin River Canoe Race have decided to put things off for a week.

The Raisin Region Conservation Authority announced the decision after stakeholders held a meeting this morning (Friday).

A special weather statement is in place for the weekend with a significant amount of precipitation in the form of snow, ice pellets, sleet, freezing rain and rain.

“These conditions would be very unpleasant for paddlers, spectators, volunteers and volunteer safety crews. We are also concerned about participant and spectator safety,” the authority said.

The event has been postponed until Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Those registered will be able to defer to next week, get a refund or have someone paddle in their place.

The conservation authority will be contacting participants directly.

The 30 kilometer race sees hundreds of canoes and kayakers make their way from St. Andrews West to Williamstown.

The race was also presented with challenges last year. The start line had to be moved downstream, below a set of rapids, and participants had to portage in Martintown because of record high water flow.