Wild Hog Canoe Race - Pain and joy on the Waccasassa

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By Jenna McKenna

Saturday morning, Tara Mace of Gainesville got an unwelcome phone call. Her partner for the Wild Hog Canoe Race, the 31st Annual adventure to benefit Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) couldn't make it.

Tara was stuck - where to find a partner at 6 a.m. on race day? She called her mom in Bronson.

Theresa McFarland answered her daughter's call and agreed to give it a whirl.

"I hung up the phone and thought – I don't have any idea what I'm doing," she said.

"I kind of twisted her arm," Mace admitted.

The two got an early start and put in an honest day's work 0 in the water at 8:47 a.m., out at 1:54 p.m., spending just over five hours wrangling the big yellow sea kayak over the gnarliest obstacles and lowest waters this venerable adventure race has seen in years.

"I'm glad I did it," McFarland said, after she got back on dry land.

Organizers from AmVets Post 88 in Bronson said this year's race had 51 boats.

For the rest of the story, see this week's Chiefland Citizen.