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Annual White Water Derby set for Sunday

Onlookers watch the racers go by in the 2012 race

Tomorrow, Mechanicville will see the running of the annual Tenandeho White Water Derby. Much like the yearly Run if You Dare 5k, the Tenandeho White Water Derby is an event which Mechanicville citizens look forward to each year.

With its beginnings in 1973, the white water derby has long been tradition in Mechanicville, and has seen many changes. Originally intended as a fund raiser, the race has been kept alive over the years thanks to the support and dedication of the Tenandeho Canoe Association.

Registration, for those who would like to participate, will be from 9:00am-11:00am on April 7th and will take place at 16 North Main Street, formerly the elementary school. The race itself will begin at noon, with the racers departing from Coons Crossing. Once the race begins, two racers will enter the water at a time, with two more to follow each minute. The racers will maneuver their way down the 4.5 mile course, which concludes at 16 North Main Street. After the derby, there is the running of the popular “Anything that Floats” race. As the name implies, if it can float, it’s eligible.

For those looking to stay dry and merely observe the race, there are a few spots along the course that will provide good views of the action. Spectators can gather at both the start and finish line, as well as the parking lot near DiSiena Furniture on Route 67. If you are particularly interested in seeing the “Anything that Floats” contest, it is best to gather near the finish line, as that event only runs the last 1/4 mile of the course. When looking for a spot to watch the race, please remember that Pan Am Railway is not allowing onlookers on railroad property.

Along with the traditional race and “Anything that Floats”, there will be t-shirts for sale, as well as a raffle.

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