On Saturday, a first-of-its-kind canoe race kicked off on the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, and by all accounts it was a rousing success.
The Red Bull Urban Portage Race started on Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) at 9 a.m. and ended about 10 miles away at the Trailhead in Theodore Wirth Park.
As WCCO notes, it was about six miles of paddling and four miles of portaging – in other words, dragging your canoe over dry land.
The station says the race got off to a frigid start, as it was 37 degrees when paddlers got going.
Nonetheless, there were 11 finishers, with Erik Henderson coming in 1st Place after finishing the race in just a little over one hour and 46 minutes (you can check out the results right here).
And it wasn't just canoes out on the water – as the official website states, competitors were allowed to use "whatever human-powered vessel" they wanted, so there were also kayaks and paddleboards in the race.
The Urban Portage is rather unprecedented as far as canoe races go, and as the Star Tribune writes, it's "the latest challenge dreamed up by Red Bull" along the lines of Crashed Ice and other extreme sporting events.
Sadly, the latter event – Crashed Ice, which converted St. Paul into an ice-skating course – won't be returning to the city next year.
On the other hand, there seems to be a chance Urban Portage might make a comeback, with an exuberant "thank you" message on the event's Facebook's page saying "see you next year!"