SARANAC LAKE - A four-person team captained by Rainbow Lake resident Jon Santor took the top overall time in the 30th running of the Adirondack Canoe Classic this past weekend.
The team finished the three-day, 90-mile race in 11 hours, 48 minutes and 20 seconds.
The 90-Miler started in Old Forge on Friday and ended in Saranac Lake on Sunday, crossing a variety of waterways.
Jon Santor of Rainbow Lake (stern) helped his team to a first-place finish in the C-4 open racing class Sunday in the Adirondack Canoe Classic. Here they are seen paddling in Lake Flower.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
No official prize was given for the overall fastest time, but Santor's crew took home a first-place plaque in the C-4 open division.
Although the race featured many paddlers and guideboat rowers vying for first-, second- and third-place plaques, there was also a large contingent of participants in the event just looking to finish, with no expectations of taking home any awards. Of the 275 boats in the race, nearly half of them were in the non-competitive open touring class.
Several annual sportsmanship awards were given out after all the boats had completed the route.
State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 5 Director Robert Stegeman presented co-organizer Grace McDonnell of Paul Smiths with the Terry Healy award, which is given to someone who has shown great dedication to the race. The award is selected by the DEC and is in honor of a former DEC employee who passed away at an early age and was integral in the early years of DEC's involvement of the race.
McDonnell, has organized the "90-Miler" with her husband Brian, for more than a decade. She is in charge of race registration and many of the behind the scenes logistics that are essential for putting on the event.
DEC is one of three hosts of the event, along with the Central Adirondack Association, and the Adirondack Watershed Alliance, a paddling club headed by the McDonnells, who own Mac's Canoe Livery in Lake Clear.
The other awards were presented by Brian McDonnell.
He presented Jim and James Cunningham of Ticonderoga and Ithaca with the Richard Reynolds Cup, which is given to "a parent and child team that plays hard, plays fair and has fun together on and off of the water." The cup is in memory of Richard "Dick" Reynolds, who loved paddling the 90-Miler with his daughter Holly.
The Pete Clark Award, which goes to the guideboat rower who best exemplifies the spirit and camaraderie during the 90-Miler, went to long-time participant Curt Reynolds of Lake Clear.
Three paddlers joined the Gold Canoe Club this year, which means they have finished 20 90-Milers. They included Rodger Dempster of Saranac Lake, Cyde Yarnell of Vermont and Yvon Ranger of Canada.
There were several local paddlers who took top times in their classes.
Joe Moore, owner of Placid Boatworks in Lake Placid, finished first in the solo recreation class with an overall time of 14:52:18.
Steve Doxson, owner of Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters in Saranac Lake, was first in the C-1 stock men's veterans division with a time of 17:14:24.
Janet Findlay and David Hunter of Lake Placid won the C-2 amateur co-ed class in 13:57:56.
Guy Middleton and Becky Sutter of Saranac Lake were first in the C-2 stock co-ed division for ages 40 to 60.
Donna Walsh and Cary Hall were the top female finishers in the C-2 stock class with a time of 17:06:07.
A complete list of local finishers and division leaders will appear in Tuesday's Enterprise.