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College buddies complete Red River ultramarathon

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TAMING ‘THE BEAST’ – Danny Frazier of Dallas (left) and Chip Little of Winnfield, along with their coureurs de bois, Pam Frazier and Susan Little. (Ken Grissom)

Danny Frazier of Dallas and Chip Little of Winnfield, La., paddling tandem in a classic aluminum canoe, are the first and only team to finish the “beastly” Tour de la Rivière Rouge, 275 miles from Shreveport-Bossier City to Port Barre.
Their time was 101 hours, 58 minutes and 44 minutes.

Louisiana canoe/kayak races pay out $11,500

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PAYDAY – These prize checks won’t cover expenses – which included extensive chiropractic care between the Tour de la Rivière Rouge and Tour du Teche for (from left) Chris Champion, Phil Bowden, Heather Harrison Bobby Smart, and Wendell Smith – but they’re appreciated nonetheless. Between the two races, team Riverfitness won a total of $4,700. (Sandy Goynes Yonley)

Paddlers earning cash prizes in Tour du Teche 135, the ultramarathon canoe/kayak race finishing here Sunday, Oct. 4, included a solo paddler and a big boat crew of five who set new class records.

11 make history in epic boat race

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SUPERMEN (AND WOMAN) – Standing on terra firma at Berwick’s beautiful Lighthouse Park are the 11 paddlers who finished the historic first race from the top of Louisiana to the bottom in canoes and kayaks: (from left) David Dupree of Rayville, Jeffery Duzan of Breaux Bridge, Cory Werk of Breaux Bridge, Adam Jones of Austin, Texas, Jack Cover of Lafayette, Max Dugas of Lafayette, Phil Bowden of San Marcos, Texas, Chris Champion of San Marcos, Texas, Heather Harrison of New Braunfels, Texas, Bobby Smart, of Anacoco, and Wendell Smith of Seguin, Texas.
(Zachary Fitzgerald/Morgan City Daily Review)

Ten men and one woman raced canoes and kayaks from Bossier City to Berwick and finished the inaugural 410 de Louisiane on Sunday, Oct. 4.

Seven boats finish the grueling Rivière Rouge

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LONELY PADDLER Cory Werk plods a lonely stretch of the Red River near Lock and Dam No. 2. Werk will join up with the Tour du Teche in Port Barre for the final leg of the 410 de Louisiane, finishing at Berwick. (Photo by Ingo Werk)

A rail-thin and ultralight 42-foot canoe with five paddlers dominated the first running of the 275-mile Tour de la Rivière Rouge, a race made-to-order for such craft.

Board faces long, routine agenda

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For their first meeting of the new school year members of the St. Martin School Board face a rather long, but mostly routine agenda.
A special meeting of the board’s finance committee is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Administrative Office on Corporate Boulevard, followed by the regular monthly meeting at 5 p.m.

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