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Organizers have canceled the 59th annual Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race set for June 7 as the number of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases continue to rise.
As in past years, the event, organized by the Fox Valley Park District, was to feature two race lengths – St. Charles (10 miles) and Batavia (six miles). Both races were to conclude with a post-race lunch and awards ceremony at Prisco Community Center/McCullough Park in Aurora.
“It’s no secret that we’re living in uncertain and unprecedented times,” said Dan Leahy, the Fox Valley Park District's director of marketing and communications, in a news release. “The health and safety of our employees and residents remain paramount to everything we do. In that spirit, the decision to cancel a wave of programs and activities, though painful, was not difficult, as we continue to take preventative steps to provide the safest conditions for our guests and staff.”
This is the third year in a row the race has been canceled. In 2018 and 2019, the race was canceled because of unsafe river conditions.