2010 Hugh Heward Challenge and Verlen Kruger Memorial Dedication

 

The Hugh Heward Challenge is an annual paddling event commemorating British fur trader Hugh Heward and seven Frenchmen’s 50 mile sprint in two birch bark canoes down the Grand River on April 24, 1790. 

Michigan Historian and Topologist Jim Woodruff brought Hugh’s historical trek to the attention of world renowned canoeist Verlen Kruger and asked if the modern paddler could accomplish such a feat in the same amount of time- from dawn to dusk. Verlen accepted the challenge and invited others to join; The Hugh Heward Challenge was born.

In 2009 over 100 paddlers participated in the reenactment of all or part of Hugh’s route from Dimondale to Portland.

A good friend of Verlen’s, Charlie Parmalee put together this video of this special person.

On April 24th, 2010, I went to Michigan to paddle the 50-mile Hugh Heward Challenge. This was a section of the Detroit to Chicago paddle I did last year, The Ultimate Hugh Heward Challenge.

My good friend, Jim “The Topologist” Woodruff, is responsible for establishing this event which has become and important fund-raiser for the establishment of the Verlen Kruger Memorial. The memorial will become a reality with its dedication on June 26th.

Personally not much to report--other than I had a great time re-acquainting with great friends I made last year and accomplishing my goal of paddling the event in less than 10 hours (5+ mile average).

You can get a little flavor about this event by checking out the pictures. Because of this event and the work of so many other people, the Verlen Kruger Memorial will become a reality on June 26th, 2010.

 

  • Coach With Bike
  • Future Site
  • Getting Out Of Canoe
  • Old 10
  • Takeout Point
  • Two Canoeists
  • Voyageurs
  • With Jim
 

With Jim Woodruff Sr.

With Jim "The Topologist" Woodruff, Sr.

About the 2010 Hugh Heward Challenge

 

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About the Verlen Kruger Memorial

Dedicated June 26, 2010

Portland, MI