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National canoe event starts today at Wausau whitewater park

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Slovakia's Michal Martikan competes in the men's canoe single (C1) heat at Lee Valley White Water Centre at the London 2012 Olympic Games Ju
Slovakia's Michal Martikan competes in the men's canoe single (C1) heat at Lee Valley White Water Centre at the London 2012 Olympic Games Ju

WAUSAU, Wis (WSAU)   There are many national and international canoeists in Wausau this weekend for the Open Canoe Slalom Nationals at Whitewater Park. There are 70 entrants -- one from as far away as Tokyo.

The event runs today through Sunday, with practice runs starting at 9:30 and timed events in the afternoon.

The whitewater course is usually used for kayaks. Canoes have open boats and must since single-blade paddles.

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