Mother Nature seems to have finally put winter behind her, though today's glorious weather is not forecast to extend into Sunday, for the 47th running of the Raisin River Canoe Race.
Rain that was originally expected Sunday evening is now forecast to push into our region earlier, perhaps as early as noon, along with cooler temperatures. It looks like it will be approximately 5 degrees Celsius and dry to start the race. For an updated forecast, follow this link.
If you missed the opportunity for online registration (or had been putting it off), you can still sign up to participate in any of the divisions on race morning, starting at 9 a.m. at St. Andrew's Catholic School (17283 County Rd. 18, St. Andrew's West). Note, only cash payment will be accepted.
For entrants who pre-registered, you can pick up your numbers as early as 8:30 a.m.
The traditional pre-race breakfast will be served at the St. Andrew's Knights of Columbus (St. Andrew's Parish Hall, 17298 County Rd. 18, St. Andrew's West) from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The first boats will enter the water at 10:30 a.m., travelling the approximately 30 km route downstream to Williamstown.
From 1 p.m. onwards, shower and changeroom facilities will be open at the Char-Lan Recreation Centre, 19740 John Street in Williamstown.
The post-race dinner fundraiser hosted by the St. Mary's Community Centre at the Char-Lan Recreation Centre runs from 1 to 6 p.m.
Awards will be mailed out to category winners, as well as the second and third-place finishers, in the week following the event.
For spectators, there are numerous vantage points along the river route, but one of the highlights is undoubtedly at the dam in Martintown.