The 43rd Annual Crescent Yacht Club Charity Canoe Race takes place a week from tomorrow.
The race, formerly known as the Lou Marcel Canoe Race, starts Saturday, June 3, at 9:15 a.m. at the Essex County Alternative Correctional Center in Lawrence and finishes at the Crescent Yacht Club in Haverhill.
Speaking before the Haverhill City Council this week, Viki Oullette, co-chairperson, said participants use canoes, kayaks and other water craft to navigate the Merrimack River. Haverhill residents are invited to take part in the race or simply mosey down the Merrimack just for the fun of it.
“This year marks the 43rd annual Crescent Yacht Club Charity Canoe Race and will benefit the Northeast Veterans Outreach Organization, who help our local veterans, and the Sacred Hearts Saint Vincent De Paul food pantry who currently help feed over 1,200 families per week,” she explained.
Oullette said the race will end with live music, a barbecue lunch and raffle prizes. Prizes include First Place Member Canoe; First Place Member Kayak; First, Second and Third Place Canoe; First, Second and Third Place Canoe Place Kayak; Best Dressed; and Runner Up. Registration is $40 per person through today or $50 afterwards.
Registration takes place online at crescentyachtclub.net/canoe.