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Top finishers in River Rat Race

ORANGE — Trevor Lefever and Ben Schlimmer won the 51st annual River Rat Race Saturday in the Millers River from Orange to Athol.

No times were provided to The Recorder and they were unattainable during the weekend.

Matt Rudnitsky and Mike Schlimmer came in second, while Peter Heed and Paul Facteau placed third overall. Nick Lyesiuk and Bob Rapant took fourth, and John Berry and Brent Lyesiuk finished fifth.

Mary Schlimmer and Theresa Schlimmer won the Women’s Division, with Pam Fitzgerald and Vicki Cummings placing second. Dianna Dugas and Val Hamlett came in third. Emma Ross and Jack Morse won the Mixed Division in front of Al Shaver and Cathy Grimes. Jeff Defeo and Sarah Lessard took third.

In the Aluminum Division, Stephen Miller and Seth Miller came in first, Francis Schlimmer and Bruce Codington placed second, and Roland Jean and Roger Ballard III finished third. Bob Allen and Dick Ulbridge won the Canvas Division, while Pete Olson and Ed Halpin came in second, and Phil Forand and Todd Benoit took third.

Gary Aprea and Gloria Wesley won the Mixed Recreation Division. Laura Crozby and Lloyd Sanderson finished second, and Brian Johnston and Debra Johnston placed third. Bill MacDonald and Tom Carey won the Men’s Recreation Division in front of Patrick Cormier and Joe Cormier, while Priscilla Reinersten and Cheyenne Vaudren won the Women’s Recreation Division in front of Amanda Finch and Rebecca Boutin. Nicole Lyesiuk and Stephanie Brooks placed third.

The Forand/Soucie Memorial trophy for the most canoes passed went to Mary Schlimmer and Theresa Schlimmer for passing 235 canoes.

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