- Associated Press - Saturday, April 20, 2019

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - It’s a rite of spring in Maine: Paddlers are set to make their way down the Kenduskeag Stream.

Scores were participating in Saturday’s Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race in Bangor. The 16-mile race is punctuated with spills and thrills at Six Mile Falls, a spot notorious for flipped canoes.

High water forced the Bangor Parks and Recreation Department to change the finish line to avoid two bridges where it was unsafe for paddlers to try to scoot underneath.

The race was started more than 50 years ago by Lew Gilman and Ed “Sonny” Colburn. Gilman went on to work for Old Town Canoe Co. and died in 2011.

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