Get ready to have some fun on the water this coming weekend in Presque Isle! The Aroostook River Fun Run canoe and kayak race, an eight-mile fla-twater event from Washburn to Presque Isle, takes place on Saturday, May 17th!

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The event is sponsored by the Presque Isle and Washburn Rotary Clubs, and this year marks the sixth time paddlers from Danforth to Fort Kent have competed for bragging rights and a healthy dose of fresh air and exercise in the eight-mile race that starts at Thomas Brewer Park and ends at the PI Fish and Game Club. For those who prefer to pedal or run, an un-timed excursion along the rail trail is also offered this year.

he race day’s activities will begin with registration at Washburn’s Thomas Brewer Park starting at 8 a.m. with the competition set for 10 a.m. and ending 60 to 90 minutes later at the Fish and Game Club in Presque Isle with lunch and awards. A courtesy bus is available to shuttle racers back to Washburn to retrieve their vehicles.

Want to join? The entry fee is $10 for participants if preregistered, $15 on race day. A special $25 family rate is offered to those who preregister; $30 family fee on race day. The first 75 entrants will receive a Fun Run T-shirt. For more information on the race or to register, contact Mark Putnam at 764-4471 ( or download a registration form here.