Saturday, March 20, 2010

Perche Creek Gutbuster

What do the first day of spring and a canoe race have in common? How about snow. Yea, it snowed on March 20th, 2010 - the first day of spring. The day before? I got out on the driving range for the first time this season. It was 70 and sunny. That's Missouri weather for you.
Anyway more than a dozen racers braved the low 30s temperature to compete in Charlie Lockwood's second Perche Creek Gutbuster - a 10 mile canoe/kayak race. The racers faced wind, snow/sleet, and words of encouragement such as "HURRY UP, WE'RE COLD!", from friends and family. Despite the weather, Charlie considered his race a great success. Everybody seemed in good spirits and, as always, had a great time paddling.
I'll be editing this entire character profile of Charlie Lockwood tomorrow and should have a complete story to present soon thereafter. I had a blast spending time with Charlie and his family and can only hope my photos convey to you what a good man he is. Also, if you're a canoer, you may want to check out Charlie's custom paddles on his website - Thetis Paddles.

Photo © Jason Lenhart


Anonymous said...

Jason, fantastic pictures. Bryan and myself (Alma) Hopkins love the picture of him clearing the bend in the river heading towards half-way point! It speaks beauty and cold - all wrapped into one. Great photography! Kuddos!

Jason Lenhart said...

Alma - Thanks so much for checking out my blog. Glad you enjoy the photo. Prints are available if you're interested. You can e-mail me at Thanks again!

kim Lockwood said...

Jason, Thanks for covering the race! You can always find a great time when you get all these racers together! Hope you enjoyed it!

Jason Lenhart said...

Kim - Thanks for looking at my blog. I really enjoyed covering the race. Seemed like everybody had a great time despite the freak weather. There are more pictures of Charlie on my blog if you get the time to check them out. Thanks again!

Rob Raucci said...

Jason, That's a great photo of Hopkins paddling through all that bad winter weather. Thanks for covering the race.


Jason Lenhart said...

Hey Rob - Thanks for checking out my blog!