Canoe festival Ain’t Louie Fest sees women’s class for first time in history

In early March, canoeists from all over the U.S., Canada, and even Europe gathered in tiny Lenoir City, Tennessee, to paddle some of the Southeast's finest rivers and creeks. The Tellico Race kicked off the nine-day Ain't Louie Fest gathering (or “Alf”), and among the 100 or so canoeists who participated, there were a dozen female paddlers, marking the first year in the race's almost decade-long history where there was a women’s class.

"It's been great meeting and paddling with so many exceptional women," Sabrina Barm from southern Germany told Canoe & Kayak magazine. "I've never gotten to canoe on such a high level with women before."

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