Dressed like a bloody pirate, Nick Orbell (center) of Geneva and other competitors head down the Fox River at the start of a race Sunday in Batavia. The 48th annual Mid-America Canoe & Kayak Race started in Batavia (6 miles) and St. Charles (10 miles) and finished in Aurora. More than 300 canoeists and kayakers competed.
Tribune photo by Chuck Berman
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