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Historic Canoe race 1966 & Rick Mercer

Posted on 10 November 2010 by SomeGood

Historic Canoe race 1966 & Rick Mercer

Here’s a interesting historic 1966 video clip of an early version of a marathon type adventure race. Quebec’s Saint Maurice-River, a historic fur trading route, was the site of a canoe race called ‘the Killer’. Over 40 two-man teams competed for a prize purse of a few hundred dollars which had them race downstream for over 200 ams over three days.

The event drew over 150,000 spectators which is rather impressive for a canoe race even when compared to the 1.6 million tickets that were available for sale for the entire Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Click anywhere on the video below to play it.

CROSS COUNTRY CANOES

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Still on canoeing but fast forward to the near present day and enter the Rick Mercer Report. This RMR canoeing clip likely drew in over 1 million viewers as he and MP Bob Rae tried a little whitewater down a section of the Ottawa River.

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