Winning the last one

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Posted: Friday, June 7, 2019 4:47 pm

Renee Begnoche of Elk Point completed her ninth South Dakota Kayak Challenge May 25. She got first place in the women’s competitive solo with a time of nine hours, 27 minutes, a personal best.

“The river was high and the wind at our backs,” Begnoche said. “I did not have much training time in due to weather this year. The river changed a lot this year – no visible sandbars. It’s always a new adventure.”

Begnoche completed this race for father, Fred LaCroix, who passed away in April.

This is the last year for the challenge.