AuSable Marathon YouTube Videos (and other races, too)
I'm lamely behind the ball on this sports reporting stuff this year for the Marathon. It's already over! But here are a few nifty YouTube videos to check out for some reverse inspiration...
*This one offers a bow-cam point of view of the start. Pure mayhem! Feel the fever... Watch the wipeouts...
*This video is of the closest finish in ages, where the Old Dogs (in their 40's) fought off the Young Pups (in their 20's) once last time... by one second! Pure power!
...Now you should search for your own faves in YouTube-land. There are some good ones! And, heck, why not broaden your horizon and check out some Texas Water Safari and other unique races like the Adirondack 90 or Shawinigan or the Everglades 300 or MR340?
Riverjustin makes good helmet cam vids. Here's a link to the classic downtown portage run in Shawinigan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXULlYaf8xE
Adirondack 90: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvDkwAEOzCU
The Adirondack features War Canoes: big, long, fast high-tech race boats with, like, 4-8 paddlers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqAmQpFPHjY&feature=related ...Not your grandpappy's old birchbark war canoe.
TWS... I love the big boats: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ygzNKXyQKo
Then there's the Dusi in South Africa with thousands of flatwater kayaks in action on rapids over several days, started in dozens of waves, and covering hundreds of miles (approx): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiruawCpDJQ&feature=related
World Surf Ski champs... paddlers are like lemmings elsewhere in the world... when's the last time you saw a surfski on the Great Lakes? They're out there, in their dozens, at best... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIDfkjHpO4g&feature=related