February Newsletter
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The 2018 schedule has arrived! Paddler profile, Susquehanna connection, and spring training details inside!

Nationals Update

Planning on the upcoming USCA Nationals is ramping up. This past meeting many decisions were made regarding the inner workings of the 4-day event (i.e. parking, EMS/safety personnel, trash, port-a-jons, vendor locations, food trucks).  Not a lot of fun topics to discuss, but important topics nonetheless.  Our next meeting is March 3rd in Skaneateles If you want to get involved, come join us!.

Kim Greiner has written a stock letter for requesting nationals sponsorship. This letter is for anyone to use, and will be included below in every newsletter going forward. There is a public spreadsheet at to ensure we are not contacting the same company multiple times. Feel free to contact Kim at [email protected] for edit rights to the spreadsheet.

Click here for the sponsorship letter.
NYMCRA Paddler Profile:
Kim Greiner

Hometown: Esperance, NY
Number of years racing: about 22
Paddling accomplishments: won the mixed C-2 stock class in the General Clinton in 2006; won the C-2 stock women’s Adirondack Canoe Classic in 2005 & women’s C-2 amateur in 2011; beat Blanche Town in the Saranac Challenge once; took 2nd place C-4 mixed pro in Indian Lake; had a respectable finish in 2016 Nationals in C-1 amateur women; have been women’s points champion three times (I have the fleeces to prove it); won C-2 mixed amateur in the BluMouLA-BuFuRa in 2017; I have fun paddling with any partner in any race
How did you get into racing: was pit crew for years for Ed and his partners in the Adirondack Canoe Classic; Ed and I did our first race together in the early 1990’s (Towpath Regatta – little 4.5 mi downstream on the Mohawk River) and I was hooked
Paddling goals: get closer to and finally beat “The Dang Cooleys” (inside joke – if you print this, they’ll get it); improve my C-1 paddling; do the Clinton and 90 miler again with Ed and maybe also with Sue Knapik
Bow or stern: I prefer the stern, but can also paddle bow when a partner prefers stern
Favorite partner ever: love of my life, Ed Greiner (although, Sue Knapik runs a close second)
Preferred boat model: we currently run a Crozier V-1, but may be looking for something else soon
Favorite canoeing related memory: coming into Bainbridge during the Clinton with what sounded like thousands of people screaming for us then having to get our boat jigged because we finished first
Favorite place to paddle: Raquette River (for fun not in a race because it never ends!)
Any other relevant information: Paddling is my favorite activity in the whole world.  My job is stressful and my life is full.  Just sitting in the boat makes that all go away.  I am very blessed to enjoy the sport, the camaraderie, and going home with my favorite partner.  I’ll be retiring at the end of July 2018.  I plan to have more time to train and hope to make more paddlers keep looking over their shoulders, or better yet, watch MY back for a change!

Susquehanna Connection

The General Clinton Canoe Regatta is the most prestigious marathon canoeing event in New York State. Every Memorial Day, hundreds of paddlers go barreling down the Susquehanna in search of glory (and money). Paddlers who have grown up around this race are known for their culture of excellence. This new section of the newsletter will highlight Clinton race strategy from those who know the river the best.

Click the picture below for tips on training hours from 2 time amateur champion, and youngest person to ever finish the 70, Kevin Olson.

Spring Training Camps


Gary Mclain is hosing the first weekend as he has done the past few years. The dates of this "camp" are March 10 and March 11 in Ballston Spa NY.  Contact Gary at [email protected] for more information. 

The second weekend will be split between Rochester and Syracuse March 24th will be on the Irondequoit Creek in Rochester. Sunday March 25 we will paddle on the 2018 Nationals Course in Syracuse. Contact Phil Millspaugh at [email protected] for more information.

The third weekend will be held in Wells Bridge on the Susquehanna River on the weekend of April 7-8.  Again contact Phil Millspaugh for more informaion.

Come out and paddle with some different people and on some different water to change up your daily training routine!  We will post updates to these weekend on our website and on facebook so stay tuned!
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NYMCRA will features our financial supporters in each issue. This is a great way to promote your busniess in advance of the 2018 Nationals in Syracuse! Contact Dylan at [email protected] for more information.
USCA Nationals Planning Meeting
Saturday Mar 3 Finger Lakes On Tap
Skaneateles NY 1:30pm

Unofficial McLain Training Camp
March 10 & 11 @ 10am
Fish Creek, Saratoga Springs NY

See "Spring Training" article for more information.
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