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April 6, 2013

Clinton Hall to welcome Olympian

Staff Report

Former Olympian Bruce Barton owns two General Clinton Canoe Regatta pro-class records.

On May 25, he’ll have a spot in the Clinton Hall of Fame, too.

Michigan resident Barton highlights the class for the second Clinton Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which is set for May 25 at General Clinton Park.

Other paddlers heading into the Hall are brothers Andy, Don and Jim LaFever, Al Camp, Jeff Shultis and Priscilla Reinertsen. The Hall also will welcome contributors Dick Davies, Dr. Ken Benson and Lloyd Sipple.

Barton competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. He later teamed with Serge Corbin in 1990 to set the C-2 Pro record, finishing the 70-mile Memorial Day race from Bainbridge to Cooperstown in 6 hours, 36 minutes, 4 seconds. Ten years later, 28-time finisher Barton won the C-1 Pro race down the Susquehanna River in a record time of 7:12.16.

Camp is an original 700-mile Club member who won the 1969 C-2 Pro race with Jim Root. The owner and designer of the original Camp Paddles & Canoes, 18-time finisher Camp also was one of the originators of the New York Canoe Racing Association and the New York Marathon Canoe Racing Association in the early 1970s.

Andy and Jim LaFever paddled the first canoe across the finish line at Dix Flats in 1963 and won the 1964 race. Don has 31 finishes to lead the brothers, who have combined for 17 first-place trophies in various classes of the 70-miler. Don has 11 wins in eight classes. An original 700 Club member, Andy completed 24 races. Jim has nine finishes.

Shultis has completed 33 races, highlighted by a Pro title with Bob Zaveral in 1981. He also teamed with Max Steinbacher to win Men’s CC Masters titles in 2000 and 2001. Shultis has sponsored the Upper Susquehanna Paddlers and Peddlers Canoe Race on the Susquehanna each spring for several years.

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