Franklin Race History
The Franklin Canoe
Race is held on a 15 mile course of the
Click here for Franklin C-2 times (fastest time each year)
Click here for Franklin C-1 results
The Franklin JC’s were looking for a
project to draw attention to the city of
and the surrounding area and there seemed to be an interest in canoeing. The JC’s were a
small group and they asked the Lion's Club if they would be interested in helping run
the race and so the race came into being. There were co-chairmans the first year, Mike
Naden from the JC’s and Vern Duncan from the Lion's Club. There were seven divisions: Men''s
Racing, Racing Combined, Aluminum. Fiberglass, Novice, Teenage and Masters.
The first annual Franklin Canoe Race was held on August 13. There were 42 canoes entered.
The water level was at 300 cubic feet per second and the temp. was 110 degrees. The winning time was by Calvin Hassel and David Bockmann.
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1979 The race was moved to late June to take advantage of better water conditions. 38 Canoes entered.
One week after the 1978 race, Mike Naden received a call from Les Lawless the owner
of the Budwelser Distributership in
Hastings Tribune and wondered if they could help sponsor the race the next year. The
answer was yes and so Bud and Lawless Distributing became the sponsor. That year
t-shirts were given to each race participant.
1980 There were 115 canoes entered in the race. Joe Willard and Jim Acer won the mens racing with a time of . This was the first sub two hour time. George Hassel and Calvin Hassel won the mens aluminum in . Floyd and Christi Carpenter won the mixed division in This was the first year the race was moved to the first weekend in July
1981 There were 158 canoes entered.
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1982 Joe Willard and Jim Acer (both of
1983 The MCA began holding a C-1 race on Saturday. The race was held on the same 15 mile course as Sundays Races. Click here for 83 Franklin results. Nebraskaland Magazine also did a story on the race 83Article There were 174 Canoes entered and a drawing for a free canoe was started.
1984 There were 176 canoes in Sundays Races. A new C-2 record was set. Franklin84article
1985 Two new records 198 canoes and the first sub race time.
1986 Two more new records 213 canoes and for a new race record
Franklin 86 article
1987 203 canoes in Sundays races. George Hassel and Calvin Hassel won the C-2 for the 5th year in a row. Franklin 87 article This was the Tenth annual race and a Junior Race was added on Saturday that drew 29 Entries. Also a Retailers and Media Division were added. This was the largest turnout for the race. There were 232 canoes total.
1988 195 canoes and 24 in the Jr. class. Dick Plumlee and Randy Moore won the C-2 class in
1989 174 canoes and 23 in the Jr. race. George and Calvin Hassel set a new C-2 record Franklin 89 article
1990 149 canoes and 18 in the Jr. class. A new C-1 record time of was turned in. Franklin 90results
1991 191 canoes and 19 in the Jr. class. This was one of the lowest years for the river depth . The water level was at 280cfs and Calvin Hassel and Robyn Hassel won the race in
1992 103 canoes and 11 in the Jr. race
1993 The race was cancelled due to high water. The river was running at over 900 cfs. The high water level was discussed on the Paul Harvey National Radio Show.
1994 78 canoes Calvin Hassel and Lynn Capen set a new record of
1995 93 canoes and 12 in the Jr. race. Another new record time of
1996 104 canoes and 10 in the Jr. class. The river was at 650 cfs. Calvin Hassel set a new C-1 record of
1997 This was the twentieth annual Franklin Canoe Race. To help celebrate the State
Legislature declared the race "