Canoe racers prepare for high water levels

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hundreds of racers will flood the Bangor area this weekend for the 48th annual Kenduskeag stream canoe race. With the winter we've experienced, weather was one of the big concerns leading up to the race. Now, it's the water levels.

Bob Martin has competed in all but four races in the history of the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race. He says he's seen some similar racing conditions, the most recent being back in 2008 where he says it was just a bit lower than it is currently. The high level, of course, brings both pros and cons to the competition. The pros being the faster moving waters and less rocks to dodge. The cons being the danger and increased risk of capsizing. These conditions have even the most experience canoes preparing for what could be as race weekend approaches.


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