Davenportage 2018 is in the books and was the most successful yet. Of course it had major pitfalls along the way which surely would have ruined any other event, but somehow we pulled it off yet again. A late start to the run due to unforeseen but expected circumstances (some runners partied a little too much the night before) slowed things down for the departure of the paddle (where one lucky participant went for a swim), which slowed things down for the start of the portage etc. But we were smarter than usual this year carrying fewer canoes than in the past... no more two canoes per person... and it led to more talking and getting to the end of the portage before sundown.
Having a group of students participate in this year's event was also simply awesome! Their enthusiasm and energy was infectious... and thank you to the parents for allowing them to participate - they were more responsible than most of the adults... and in much better shape.
Jake and Kaitlin- commentary on points of historical significance on the run (that people were too tired to understand) and for carving Davenportage running batons out of real Canadian timber
Ron - for conducting the portage kick-off ceremony
Frank - five years in a row! Neil Young is now officially only our second choice to provide the sound track.
Mary Ann - for her talk about on the Humber River and Baby Point areas
Mark - for his talk on the Lake Iroquois geography
Marilyn and the Tollkeeper's Cottage - as always, for unmatched hospitality and great pea soup and biscuits
Camille - for her talk on the history of the Davenport - Yonge intersection
Unnamed Participants - for bringing beer, firewood, and what may have been cannabis (post Oct 17th) to the fire at the finish
FOR HISTORIAN ATHLETES AND VOYAGEUR PHILOSOPHERS