Mark Zigler (left) and Brody Borg paddle their way down the Dean River during the annual Anahim Lake Community Association Canoe Race. Fourteen teams took part in this year’s event

Mark Zigler (left) and Brody Borg paddle their way down the Dean River during the annual Anahim Lake Community Association Canoe Race. Fourteen teams took part in this year’s event

Fourteen teams compete at canoe race

An annual mainstay in the community, this year’s Anahim Lake Community Association Canoe Race May 9 was a great success, organizers said.

An annual mainstay in the community, this year’s Anahim Lake Community Association Canoe Race May 9 was a great success, organizers said.

Both spectators and canoes — 14 teams in total — came out for the event, which takes place on the Dean River over 20 kilometres between the Nimpo Lake boat launch and the Anahim Lake Stampede Grounds.

Water levels were down, however, participants pushed their way past logs, rocks and beaver dams to the finish line in open, women’s and under-16 categories.

The open class winners were Tim de Grace and Alex Boileir. Second went to Dustin Sager and Richard Simon, while Calvin Sager and Cody Webb locked down third.

On the women’s side it was Kendra Wood and Leah Simon beating the field. Olivia Bos and Adriana Melo finished second, with Jenna Cotter and Stephanie Sager taking third.

The 16-and-under division saw Jeffrey Lowrie and Mathew Bailiff cross first, while Cody Chamberlain and Justin Chamberlain finished second.