Round The Islands Canoe Race Results
COLTON -- The ‘Round the Islands Canoe Race was held Aug. 1 on the Racquette River under clear skies and comfortable temperatures as races were held and awards were given out.
Officials said the competitors enjoyed favorable conditions for the day.
The C.M.Palmer family annually presented an award to the best finish by a veteran paddler. This is presented in honor of their father who traveled the eastern portion of North America exploring waterways and introducing young people to the sport. This year’s recipient was Jim Plumley of Colton.
In addition the family donated a youth kayak owned by the family free raffle. Dave Everding was the winner of this bat.
The youth award for love of paddling and positive attitude was presented to Wyatt Paulette.
The Chris Murphy Memorial Award was presented to Becky Bartkus.
This award is given to the woman best exemplifying the spirit of the race and Chris’ love for the sport and the participants in it, officials said. Becky not only annually paddles herself but also brings many children from her family and the neighborhood to participate.
Following the race door prizes were drawn donated by Rose and John Bartholomew of the Higley Association, Kunoco of Colton and Boyce’s general store of South Colton.
Event officials said it takes many volunteers to run the race and they wanted to thank Clark and Vivian Trerise who manned the barbecue. In addition the staff included Larry Palmer for set up, JoAnn Ferris and Lorraine Gowing taking entries and Ed Fuhr and Peg Mousaw handling the timing and John and Rose Bartholomew and Gary Gowing provided patrol boats.
Race winners included:
K1 under 15’ rotomolded women: Allie Bickford
K1 under 15’ rotomolded men: Eli Thomas
K1 15’+ rotomolded women: KC Bartkus
K1 15+ composite men: Jim Plumley
K1 unlimited women-Mary Kelly
K1 unlimited men: Allen Kelly
Youth canoe female: Lydia Thomas and Jayden Bercume
Adult/youth: Becky Bartkus and Daphne Bartkus
Canoe youth boy: Specer Bartkus and Jacob Thomas
K2 two-person kayak: Kim Wangler and Scott LaVine
Jim Plumley-winner of veteran paddler award, fastest time in touring kayaksBecky Bartkus-winner of veteran paddler award