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90-miler paddles through Long Lake

Two other voyageur canoes finished second and third. Dog Breath, captained by Roger Henry of Rexford, finished in 12:33:04. Dale and the Destroyers, led by Dale Krapf of West Chester, Penn, took third in 12:48:11.

The fastest local finishers were Jon Santor and Chad Kennedy of Plattsburgh and Bloomingdale, who took first in the C-2 Amateur class with a time of 13:15:24 and fifth overall.

The second fastest local boat was a team consisting of Tom Boothe, Mike Rechlin and Jack Burke of Paul Smiths along with Saranac Lake resident George Cook. The team finished second in the C-4 Stock men's class with a time of 13:56:23 and 11th overall.

This year marked an important milestone for the role of the state Department of Environmental Conservation in the 90-Miler.

The DEC became involved in 1985 when they featured the Adirondack Canoe Classic as an Adirondack Park Forest Preserve centennial event.

DEC employees Terry Healy and Bill White initiated the relationship between the 90-Miler and the DEC.

"Bill White was the quiet behind the scenes organizer, and Terry was the 'Hey guys, this is gonna be a lot of fun' motivator we were looking for to coordinate the on-the-water aspects of the growing event," said long-time Adirondack Canoe Classic organizer and race director Brian McDonnell.

Healy died in 1993, but is remembered each year through the Terry Healy Award, given to a participant, support team, volunteer or staff member who best exemplifies the true spirit of the event.

The safety of the race had been tremendously improved over the 25 years of DEC involvement. It is now operated under the Incident Command System (ICS) with guidance from DEC Forest Rangers. Also, DEC Environmental Conservation Officers, state Office of Public Protection Dispatchers and Natural Resource and Operations staff operate safety boat patrols, radio communication, campsite facilities and monitor all 90 miles of the event.

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