Irish Olympic paddler Fleming wins 2 Dam Days marathon There was perfect 70 degree weather, calm water and intense competition at the Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance 2 Dam Days Kayak and Canoe Marathon held Saturday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Sept. 30.
2011 and 2012 top Irish Olympic paddler, Neil Fleming, won the Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance 2 Dam Days Unlimited Marathon Men’s Solo First Place Gold medal with an average speed of 7.21 miles per hour. Fleming recently moved from Ireland to Indiana. Fleming's overall time, paddling the race course 89 miles from Truman Dam in Warsaw to the Bagnell Dam in Lake Ozark, was 12 hours and 21 minutes, 40 minutes shy of the course record. Olympic solo paddler Mike Herbert set the course record of 11 hours and 55 minutes with an average speed of 7.47 miles per hour in 2010. Fleming won a total of $2,400 including $700 for 1st place each day and $1000 for best overall time for the entire race. Herbert planned to compete in the 2012 marathon but was unable to compete due to an injury caused by a chainsaw accident, just days before the event.
First place winners in each division were:
2 DD Unlimited Race
Men’s Solo Neil Fleming, Ireland/Indiana
Women’s Solo Sandy Yonley, Texas
Men’s Tandem Mat Dressaler and Uncle A Dog, Missouri
Women’s Tandem Traci Martin and Marilyn Thieman, Missouri
Mixed Tandem Donna and Jim Short, Missouri
Men’s Solo Kirk Freels Missouri
Men’s Solo Day One and Day Two: Mark Jacobe, Illinois
Mixed Tandem Day One: Aaron and Shevaun McRoberts, Missouri