Throwback Thursday.  Good luck to those racing the “90 Miler.”

This coming weekend, September 13th to 15th, racers from around the world will compete in the Adirondack Canoe Classic, or simply "The 90 Miler."  Starting in the small town of Old Forge, NY and racing for 3 days, both on water and foot,  275 craft ranging from traditional Adirondack guide boats, canoe of all sizes, kayak and even stand up paddle boards,  race to Saranac Lake along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.  The section of the Trail takes them on the Fulton Chain Lakes, to Raquette Lake, to Long Lake, then onto Raquette River.  Day 3 starts on Upper Saranac Lake and proceeds via Bartletts Carry to Middle Saranac Lake and Lower Saranac Lake, and finally, Lake Flower in Saranac Lake.  The event has a rich history, dating back to 1983 and combines both paddling and portaging to bring the true challenge of paddling in the region.

This #TBT photo was taken in 2004.  This was early on Day 3, looking from Lower Saranac Lake through the lock into Middle Saranac.  This DEC worker must have worked the "90 Miler" in the past, so he took chance to grab a quick nap before the first racers embarked on his station, making the fast paced portage around the obstacle.

For coverage of the event, be sure to check out LocalADK on Facebook for photos of this awesome event.   Werner Paddle's is a proud sponsor of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, through our "Healthy Water's Initiative."  Check them out HERE and plan your ADK paddling adventure, racing not mandatory.


Throw Back Thursday is segment of the Werner Paddle's blog for 2015, in order to celebrate our 50th Year of Handcrafting Paddles and all of the amazing adventures we were lucky enough to be a part of.  Look back on what we have shared so far and follow all the new stories HERE.  So stoked to see our staff so deeply rooted in our history.