25 years agoMay 30, 1989

Like a pair of trigger-happy gunslingers from the Old West, Jane McIntosh-Martin and Mary Laing came to Cooperstown with paddles blazing Monday morning.

McIntosh-Martin and Laing—“The Blonde Bombers” —  were looking for a canoe race. They didn’t care who they raced against, or how long it took them to finish. Their faces were still blushing red from a mistake that prevented them from entering the 70-mile Women’s Recreation Class they had won for six straight years.

As the fog on Otsego Lake lifted, McIntosh-Martin — who inadvertently failed to properly address the entry blank — was about to give up hope that any of the 58 canoes entered in three Recreation classes would not show up.

“I’m so depressed,” McIntosh-Martin lamented as the Recreation Class paddlers checked in with entries chairman Wayne and Donna King.

About 15 minutes later before the 6 a.m. start of the Recreation Class races, however, the paddlers assigned to number 52 — a Men’s Recreation entry — were nowhere to be found. McIntosh-Martin and Laing filled their spot, and made the best of the opportunity.

McIntosh-Martin and Laing finished the race in 11 hours, 13 minutes, 45 seconds, placing 19th.

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