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Beline Obeid
July 04, 2013
Grosse Pointers Lawrence Graessle and William Kalmar placed fourth and seventh, respectively, in the kayak race portion of the inaugural Clinton River Canoe Classic June 2 in Mount Clemens.

Amateur kayakers and expert canoeists from Michigan, adjoining states and Canada, gathered in downtown Mount Clemens for the event.

The 3.6-mile kayak race ran from the Mount Clemens gazebo, west to the Shadyside Park pedestrian bridge, ending at the gazebo

Sponsored by Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony V. Marrocco, was the first of its kind on the Clinton River in more than 20 years, according to Lynne Witte, president of the Michigan Canoe Racing Association.

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