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Cain paddles innovative GRB canoe in feature win at Tupper Lake 8-Miler

Updated: Aug 2, 2019

The Tupper Lake 8-Miler Canoe and Kayak race was held on Saturday June 29th.  It was a fundraiser for the heart center at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Hannah Hanford and her staff at the Adirondack Health Foundation were particularly helpful in publicizing the race, and the Medical Director of the Heart Center, Dr. Anthony Tramontano, participated in the race.

The first woman kayaker was Eileen Visser, of Potsdam, in the Unlimited Under 50 class with a time of 1:17:02. The most competitive race was in the C-1 Amateur Men Over 50 class with only a second separating Canton paddlers Peter Cain (1:21:28) and Gene Newman (1:21:29) in a spellbinding finish. Cain was paddling a GRB Concept Canoe which was locally made as a break-through in racing canoe Design.

. Steve Buzzell, of Saranac Lake, was third in 1:45:05.

In the C-2 Stock Men Over 50 Michael Pocchiari (Ava) and John McMahon (Rome) were first in 1:20:01 and Chas Billingsley and Bill Jemison from Lake Clear and Potsdam were second in 1:22:04 while evergreen Glen Vanderwinckel (Webster) and Mike Skivington (Scottsville) were third in 1:28:50. Mary and Allen Kelly, of Rensselaer Falls, were first in the C-2 Stock Mixed Over 50 in 1:22:10. The father-and-daughter team of Danny and Kahenwentha Stacey were second in 1:26:10, with Saranac Lakers, Nancy and Rodger Dempster, third in 1:39:38.

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