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Adirondack Canoe Classic not just a race, but an endurance test

By EMMA WRIGHT

OLD FORGE, N.Y. (WKTV) - The 28th Annual Adirondack Canoe Classic is going on in Old Forge this weekend.

Hundreds of canoers and a few kayakers are paddling 90 miles; from Old Forge Pond, through the Fulton Chain, and the Raquette River. They will end up in Saranac Lake on Sunday.

The Classic is not a race for the faint of heart - it is an endurance test.

This is the 28th year of the 90-Miler, with 600 paddlers from around the country, ages ranging from 10 to 83, all taking part. Racers paddle about 30 miles a day.

"You fall into a rhythm...the miles just click off," said Ed Evans of Syracuse.

While many people are in it to win it, being the first canoe to cross the finish line isn't important to every racer.

"We're in our 50's," said Priscilla Kaufman of her and her husband Brian.
"We're going to paddle until we're dead."

After all, the Canoe Classic prize is all bragging rights.

"It's pride man," said race organizer Brian McDonnell.

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