With news two other annual Waldo County whitewater river races were canceled due to the pandemic, paddlers can take solace another area event will take place — namely, the Marsh Stream Downriver Race.

The event, which traditionally includes a course that crosses portions of Winterport and Frankfort, is on Saturday, April 3 at 11 a.m.

Registration will be online at MaCKRO.org (Maine Canoe & Kayak Racing Organization) in the days leading to the event or at the Winterport Riverside Riders Snowmobile Club 9 to 10 a.m. the day of the race.

Masks and social distancing are required.

Bill Deighan, race director, said the course has been shortened to about five miles previously used for less experienced paddlers and the start, as usual, will be near the bridge on the Loggin Road. The course ends at the railroad trestle bridge on Stream Road.

The course will include one Class lll drop at the snowmobile bridge, with an optional portage on the right. The other rapids are Class l and ll.

There will be a pre-race meeting at 10:30 a.m. at the pull over just upstream from the Loggin Road on Rt. 139, Deighan said.

"Due to COVID, we will have no in-water safety crew," he said. "Racers are expected to rescue other racers in need. Masks and social distancing are required at all times on shore. Racers can remove masks once in their boats."

For more information call Deighan at 207-234-2510

Traditionally, the course is 5.9 miles, which includes a flatwater section to start, followed by a longer and more challenging section with Class III rapids and a mandatory portage around Flat Rock Falls.

According to the MaCKRO website, Marsh Stream traditionally "is one of the most challenging whitewater rivers raced in the spring whitewater series in Maine, and the difficulty level varies depending on the flow. Although there are sections of flatwater and Class I whitewater in the race course, there are many Class II and III rapids with large waves or drops that make this section of stream suitable for experienced paddlers only. Especially when water temperatures are cold, those paddling the river for the first time should seek to join more experienced paddlers. Even those with experience on the river need to be aware of new blowdowns, which may create strainers at critical places."

Earlier it was announced the decades-old St. George River Race and Passagassawakeag (Passy) River Race, both held in Waldo County, would be pushed to 2022. Those races also did not run in 2020 due to the pandemic.