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Canoe Classic moves from Spokane River to flatwater

Nick and Deb Bauer, closely followed by Alison Scott and Jim Bauer, lead the pack down the Spokane River.  One canoe capsized in a strong eddy current just around the corner. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Nick and Deb Bauer, closely followed by Alison Scott and Jim Bauer, lead the pack down the Spokane River. One canoe capsized in a strong eddy current just around the corner. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
PADDLING -- The annual Spokane River Canoe Classic, normally set on its namesake stream, has been moved to Liberty Lake this year because of the dangerously high river flows.
 
The event is set for Saturday, beginning with registration at 9 a.m. followed by the race start at 11 a.m. at Liberty Lake County Park. The race will be followed by a free post-race barbecue, said Phil Bridgers of Mountain Gear, which has sponsored the event for more than two decades.
 
Paddlers in canoe and kayaks will have a choice of paddling one or two loops on a course to be set up on the lake, Bridgers said.
 
Known for awarding plenty of ribbons in various divisions as well as for lottery prize drawings, the classic is a popular way for families to kick off their Fathers Day weekend.
 
Cost: $20 a person.
 
To preregister, download a form.
 
Info: Mountain Gear, 325-9000.
See a slide show from a few years ago when the event was held on its normal route from Corbin Park in Post Falls downstream to Plante's Ferry Park.



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