About Our Auction
Paddles For The Marathon is a fundraising event intended to highlight the talents of local artists through unique pieces of art created on replica canoe paddles.
The artists took inspiration for their work from the theme for this year's Marathon, "Celebrating The River, The Race, The Ledgends". The paddles were manufactured by the Wood Science Technology Program at Kirtland Community College from locally sourced wood.
The paddles will be on display in select Grayling and Oscoda businesses from June 6th through August 6th. Starting on July 22rd through August 6th an on-line auction will be open allowing you to bid for the paddle(s) of your choice.
The auction will close for bids at 8:00pm on Sunday, August 6th.
Proceeds from the auction will support The Marathon Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors from Crawford AuSable (Grayling), Mio and Oscoda high schools. An additional scholarship is provided to a Marathon paddler who is currently pursuing a degree or enrolled in a trade school OR to the son, daughter, or grandchild of a past Marathon paddler who is a graduating senior. More information about the scholarships can be found on the Marathon website.
About AuSable River Canoe Marathon Committee
The name of the organization that plans and runs the AuSable River Canoe Marathon is AuSable River International Canoe Marathon, Inc. (ARICM, Inc.).
ARICM, Inc. is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization registered in the State of Michigan, and officially recognized by the City of Grayling and the Townships of Oscoda and AuSable.
The mission of ARICM, Inc.’s volunteer organizing committee is to:
- Organize, promote, and expand the annual AuSable
River Canoe Marathon;
- Generate positive public exposure of the communities in
in the AuSable River Valley;
- Increase public awareness of our unique natural
resource which should be protected for the enjoyment of future generations: The AuSable River.
ARICM. Inc. is comprised of a Grayling Committee and an Oscoda Committee, which coordinate the implementation of ARICM, Inc.’s mission throughout the AuSable River Valley.