I posted about the Wildhog Canoe Race about a month ago. Junior and I competed as a team in the grueling race down the Waccasassa River.
Since it's a race, on water, with many, many portages over logs and rocks, I am never able to get photos of the event. There's no time for photos while you are hustling for 3 hours so I don't even bother with the camera.
So, I was pretty stoked when a Mom of one of my students sent me these shots last week.
She was at the finish line and when her daughter said, "Look! It's Mr. FC!", she blasted off a series of the final seconds of the race.
She gave them to me as prints and I've scanned them, so the sharpness may be a little soft, but she did such a good job of capturing our antics at the end, I thought I'd share them with you.
At the end of the race, just before the finish line, you must toss your canoe over this log and clamber over it yourself too.
When we shoved the canoe over, it took off all by itself and empty.
The finish line is only a few meters ahead and you have to be in the canoe when it crosses.
We desperately chased the canoe through the waist deep water.
(Interesting fact #1: water is 800 times thicker than air.)
When we caught up with the canoe, we both jumped in at the same time from the same side.
Yup ...you guessed it.
After at least 30 successful portages and no capsizing during the tough part of the race, we flipped it right at the finish line!
Lucky for us the bow of the canoe had crossed the line just as we were flipping!
Success and a second place win in our division.
I think we earned it.