Put that canoe back in the garage. The Cleveland Metroparks Canoe & Kayak Challenge, scheduled for May 21 at Hinckley Lake, has been canceled.
Cleveland Metroparks was trying to retake the Guinness World Record for the Largest Raft of Free Floating Canoes and Kayaks. It held the title for seven years from May 2001 through 2008 when a group from New York took the title.
Unfortunately, the Metroparks couldn’t scare up the more than 1,619 canoes and kayaks they needed to take the title back from Pittsburgh’s Venture Outdoors who won it in 2010. That’s a dramatically larger number than the 776 it floated to win the title in 2001. After the pre-registration deadline of May 6 passed without attracting enough participants, the event was called off.
The New York group says it intends to challenge Pittsburgh so Clevelanders will have to cheer for them vicariously. — Anastasia Pantsios
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at [email protected].
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.