Memphis paddler takes 10th annual Bluz Cruz canoe race

Published 12:15 am Sunday, April 13, 2014

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A veteran of the Memphis paddling circuit took this year’s Bluz Cruz Kayak and Canoe Race along the Mississippi River near Vicksburg.

Elmore Holmes’ Epic V-12 Surf Ski finished ahead of the pack when the 10th running of the event wrapped up Saturday afternoon at Vicksburg City Front. His time was 2 hours, 1 minute and 37.8 seconds. Holmes, 46, has raced multiple times in canoe and kayak races along the Mississippi River in Memphis.

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In second place was Bronko Nagurski, 58, of Eutawville, S.C., with a final time of 2 hours, 11 minutes, 40.7 seconds.

Canoes launched at Madison Parish Port near Tallulah before the 22-mile race ended on the Vicksburg waterfront. Race organizers credited picture-perfect weather for a successful running.

“The weather was great and I believe everyone had a great time,” said organizer Wayne Pratt, 49, who finished 65th in his Wilderness Systems/Pamlico kayak.

Among female racers, the best time belonged to Dana Kinderman, 31, of Ocean Springs. Her time of 2 hours, 36 minutes, 23 seconds was good for 19th overall.

Vicksburgers who were among the 91 who finished the race were Doug Cousineau, 85, the race’s oldest-ever participant, in third place; Tim McCarley, 51, in 14th place; Matt Hendrix, 33, in 17th place; Alan Kennedy, 37, in 21st place; Bryan Pratt, 45, in 27th place; Alejandro Sanchez, 33, in 34th place; Max Wamsley, 16, in 38th place; Thomas Tarver, 25, in 41st place; Scott Waisner, 49, in 50th place; Rodney Lehman, 26, in 56th place; Forrest Logue, 19, in 60th place; Layne Logue, 47, in 61st place; Kevin Philley, 30, in 64th place; Jana Jacobson, 30, in 77th place; Travis Boyle, 37, in 84th place; Jonathan Hopkins, 35, in 86th place; and Shane Adcock, 31, in 87th place.