98.5 UPS

AuSable River Canoe Marathon 2017

Au Sable River Canoe Marathon 2015
July 29, 2017
9:00 PM
Grayling, MI
July 30, 2017
All Day
Oscoda, MI

The AuSable River Canoe Marathon is a non-stop canoe race that starts in the evening with a thrilling LeMans-style running-start to the Au Sable River in Grayling, MI. The marathon ends 120 miles later near the shores of Lake Huron in Oscoda, MI. Paddlers must navigate the narrow, winding upper stretch in total darkness, as well as stump-filled ponds and the blazing July sun in the lower stretch. This race is not a recreational canoe float, but a professional, ultra-competitive race with the very best professional paddlers from around North and Central America.

Radio Broadcast Sponsors

98.5UPS is the Official Station of the 2017 Ausable River Canoe Marathon providing exclusive live race day and night coverage with Marathon broadcast legend Larry Roberts.

We thank our sponsors for helping us deliver the 2017 Au Sable River Canoe Marathon radio broadcast.


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98.5 UPS is the Flagship Station of the Au Sable River Canoe Marathon (ARCM) Radio Network, featuring Larry Roberts, in his 24th year of providing the start-to-finish call of the second leg of Canoe Racing’s Triple Crown.

Listen to 98.5 UPS or toggle the list below to find a station that’s part of the state wide Au Sable River Canoe Marathon Radio Network.


Area Dial Position Call Letters
Alpena 103.7 FM WGFM
Bad Axe 102.1 FM WLEW
Cheboygan 105.1 FM WGFM
Escanaba 95.5 FM WYKX
Glen Arbor 104.7 FM WGFE
Grand Rapids 1230 AM WTKG
Harrison 98.5 FM WUPS
Hillman 94.9 FM WKJC
Houghton Lake 92.1 FM WTWS
Ishpeming 1240 AM WIAN
Lansing 92.1 FM WQTX
Marquette 1320 AM WDMJ
Midland 100.9 FM WLUN
Muskegon 1090 AM WKBZ
Newberry 1450 AM WNBY
Petoskey 102.9 AM WMKC
Port Huron 1380 AM WPHM
Rogers City 960 AM WHAK
Sault Ste. Marie 1400 AM WKNW
Tawas City 100.3 AM WQLB
Traverse City 98.1 FM WGFN

A Unique Spectator Experience

Spectators and Fans are an asset to all teams paddling the AuSable River Canoe Marathon. From the festivities and running start in Grayling, MI to the Finish line on the coast of Lake Huron in Oscoda, MI, there’s many spectating options for everyone. Cheering fans keep the paddlers alert and gives them a boost of morale and adrenaline. The diehard spectators will follow the race from Grayling to Oscoda, and stay up all night!

View spectator info and spectator guide for more info.

You can also check out the interactive versions – Flash required.

Dash For Cash

July 25, 2017
5:30 PM
Oscoda, MI

The Dash For Cash is a 64-team bracket-style, single elimination event to be held Tuesday July 25, 2017, in Oscoda. Teams will be competing for a part of a $5,000 prize pool!

The course is approx. 1/4 mile in length. Two teams will sprint downstream at once, starting from behind Gilbert’s Drug Store and finishing at the Marathon Finish Line, just upstream of the Mill Street Bridge. The sprint durations are estimated to last approx. 1m:20s per heat.

Read more about about Dash for Cash.

Radio Broadcast Sponsors

Our local sponsor below, is dedicated to supporting the community and 2017 Au Sable River Canoe Marathon radio broadcast.