A Dilly Of A Derby

Two hundred and twenty-five miles north of Times Square the Hudson River sparkles. A canoeist who drinks from it will live to see another day, and he has a lot to live for—the river is a joy. So is the annual Hudson River White Water Derby, held the first weekend of May, this year for the 20th time. At least 500 canoers and kayakers—men, women and children—will take part. In two days, one for slalom, one for downriver events, more than 25,000 people will watch from shore, and it is hard to say who has more fun, participants or spectators. As one of the latter said last year, “I don’t know of anyone who roots for a winner. You root for the race itself.”

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