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2014 Seneca Monster paddle race

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Fuzzy Guppies Hosts the first ever Seneca Monster paddle race in the Finger Lakes

Fuzzy Guppies Hosts the first ever Seneca Monster paddle race in the Finger Lakes

Some residents of Waterloo might have been surprised over the weekend when they saw dozens of high-tech canoes and kayaks bounce through town on the shoulders of running race participants. It was part of the first annual Seneca Monster canoe and kayak race, a thirteen mile non-stop canoe and kayak race. To get around the lock in Waterloo, the paddlers ran half a mile through the Village of Waterloo to a put-in on the far side of the lock.

Paddlers from all over New York, twenty-six in all, jumped in their canoes and kayaks Sunday and enjoyed the fall colors, though at a much faster pace than the casual paddler. A few boats chose a more leisurely four mile paddle west from the event host’s docks at Fuzzy Guppies around an island in the canal called Adventure Island, and back. One boat that took an especially winding route

The event was organized by local marathon paddler Jeff Hogue and sponsored by Fuzzy Guppies, a local canoe and kayak shop in Waterloo owned by Norbert Hausner and managed by Justin Hausner. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol, Fuzzy Guppies staff, and volunteers were on hand to ensure the safety of the racers.

“The Seneca-Cayuga canal is an ideal place for a marathon paddling event,” said race organizer and local paddler Jeff Hogue. “It is beautiful when the leaves are changing, and there are lots of great places for spectators to view the race.” Hogue said canal races in other parts of the country can attract hundreds and even thousands of spectators. “Every racer I talked to said they loved the course, and told me to expect a bigger turnout next year. You have to prove the location and course are worthy the first year, and we did that.”

The winners of the first Seneca Monster Canoe and Kayak race were Ben and Michael Schlimmer, who completed the thirteen mile course in a blazingly fast 1 hour and 50 minutes. The fastest solo paddler was also a Schlimmer, Theresa Schlimmer, who completed the course in 2 hours and 38 minutes. More results and photos from the event are available at senecamonster.com

“The Seneca Monster brings a different and intense view of our portion of the canal. We are excited to partner with this event, hopefully to grow the event in the years to come,” said Justin Hausner, of Fuzzy Guppies: Human Powered Watercrafts in Waterloo, NY. “Everyone that played a part in this event should be very proud. We can’t wait for next year’s race.”

Marathon canoe and kayak racing is a low impact but demanding endurance sport. Technique makes a huge difference. Fit, wiry racers well past retirement age often post better times than younger paddlers with less experience. Many classes exist, depending on the size and shape of the boat. “Stock” classes allow people without fancy race boats to compete on an even playing field. The serious racers, though, can be sponsored, compete for prizes, and paddle carbon fiber race boats that average paddlers would have a hard time keeping upright. Most use drink tubes so that they never have to even pause their rapid paddle strokes to take a drink.



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