Local canoe racing teams sweep major racing divisions in Arkansas

Published 2:22 pm Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Local venturer crews Bogalusa 313 and Bush 213 swept the major racing divisions in the 51st annual Explorer/Venturer 120-mile Canoe Marathon White River Race in Arkansas.
The three-day marathon event took place from July 27-29.
Crew 313 won the Open Cruising, Advanced Aluminum and Novice Aluminum Racing Divisions. Crew 213 was victorious in the Coed Cruising Racing Division.
The Open Cruising Team captured the coveted Doug Sumner Rotating Trophy for having the shortest cumulative elapsed time in the 120-mile race after needing just 12 hours, 59 minutes, 33 seconds. They won by 11 minutes, 30 seconds. It was the crew’s 17th-straight win in this division.
The group included Rory Breland, Brannan Crosby, Chris Weintritt and Josh Gulczynski.
The Advanced Aluminum finished the race in 15:05.41.
The team featured Matthew Russell, Matthew Dennis, James Stevenson III and Adam Economu.
The Novice Aluminum’s time was 15:00.32 and the team won the Ron Eddings Memorial Trophy by having the shortest elapsed time in all of the aluminum racing divisions. Col. Bobby Miller said it was the first time a novice team has ever accomplished that feat.
The team consisted of Rex Perrette, Zachary Kirkland, Jacob Stillwell and Julian Hennesy.
It was the 25th-straight year the crew has won this racing division.
Bush Venturer Crew 213 won the Coed Cruising Racing Division. Their time was 14:14.18.
The team had Lauren Haik, Kirsten Barber, Tyler Seals and Kyle Pennino.
It was the second-consecutive year they have won this race.