Des Plaines River Canoe Marathon
50th Anniversary – 2007
UDPREP volunteer Nancy Schumm-Burgess stands next to one of 24 educational signs that UDPREP installed along the marathon route in honor of the golden anniversary.
Marathon Chairman Jack Snarr (right) poses with a river enthusiast in historical costume. As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County staged reenactments of Des Plaines River encampments with many colorfully costumed performers.
Two figures in historical costumes watch as the first boat approaches the finish line.
Families and their four-legged friends gather on the banks to cheer as the boats race by.
Two happy kayakers cruise across the finish line after paddling the 19-1/2 mile marathon.
Paddlers park their boats near the finish line portage before joining the 50th anniversary celebrations.