The Kenduskeag Canoe Race will be different this year for both paddlers and spectators.

The 2021 Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race is this weekend. Race day is Saturday, April 17. With COVID-19 in mind, the race will be different for those participating in the event and watching it. For some spectators, a big change this year will be where to watch the race.

In a typical year, hundreds of spectators watch from along the banks of the 16.5 mile Kenduskeag Stream route. A popular area to watch the thrills of the spills, or the few who navigate through, is Six Mile Falls. The only optional portage of the race will be closed to spectators this year. In addition, the start and finish lines are closed to spectators. Onlookers who watch from other locations along the stream are asked to wear masks, and practice social distancing.

The big changes for racers is the number of boaters will be allowed to participate. The event is capped at 155 boats, or 310 people. There will be no race day registration this year, and no warming tent at the finish line.

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