Bill Short of Madrid paddles stern with Marielle Matthews, Nadia Marano and Jeff Weeks, all of Canton during the 2017 Canton Canoe Weekend. (John Ozard photo) The first of a four-part series of run-paddle-run duathlon events staged by St. Lawrence Valley Paddlers will launch at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday May 17, from the Park Street boat launch on the Little River outside of Canton. The event will include a 1.25-mile run, a paddle of about two miles, and another run of 1.25 miles. Entry is free to all solo or team participants. Sign-in begins at 6 p.m. The event's website is https://www.slvpaddlers.org/duathlon.