9-miler to return to Tupper Lake

TUPPER LAKE – Roger Gocking is bringing the 9-miler Canoe and Kayak race back to Tupper Lake.

The race last happened in 2012, and as long as some details are squared away, it will happen again on Saturday, June 14.

The race would start at the Tupper Lake Rod and Gun Club boat launch on Lake Simond, go up the Raquette River to the oxbow, and return to the boat launch by following the river to its confluence with Lake Simond, near the state Route 30 bridge. Despite the event’s name, the course is actually about 7-and-a-half miles long.

Gocking, who is a member of the New York Marathon Canoe and Kayak Race Association, approached the town board Thursday. He said he contacted the state Department of Environmental Conservation and was told the association wouldn’t need a permit from the state agency to hold the race.

Since the town owns the boat launch, Gocking’s association would just need permission from the town board to use it.

“We’ll hopefully just use the boat launch,” Gocking said. “That’s how it was done in 2012. Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate, and we won’t have a snow storm.”

Councilman John Quinn said he loved the idea and asked if the town could be insured for the event. Gocking said each competitor usually contributes to the cost of the insurance, and asked the board to tell him what needs to be done to make the race happen.

Town Supervisor Patti Littlefield said the town would mail Gocking an application for use of the facility and information on what the town requires for insurance liability.

The board unanimously voted to allow the association to use the boat launch with the stipulation that the application is filled out and insurance requirements are met.

Contact Shaun Kittle at 891-2600 ext. 25 or skittle@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.