think you could kayak 8,600 miles? Well Traci Lynn Martin plans to try this spring!

From The times Herold

Martin plans to paddle a record distance of 8,600 miles in one year. She will be starting in Port Huron and heading north. Her goal is to finish her record-setting trip in December at Lake Erie Metropark in Brownstown Township.

Her journey is going to take her around all five Great Lakes, through the St. Lawrence River, south along the Atlantic coast and north up the Hudson River to the Erie Canal and back to Lake Ontario via the Oneida and Oswego rivers.

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Martin said she’s doing the trip “because no one has ever done it before, and I want to show people who have a dream that no matter what obstacles may potentially be in your way, you have to give it everything you have to reach your dream and to feel alive,” she said. “What is it that makes you passionate, what is it that makes you feel alive so when you reach the end of your life, you look back on your life and you don’t have any regrets.”

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Trip Facts:

  • Traci Lynn Martin, an experienced kayak racer from Kansas City, Missouri, will attempt to set a record for the most miles paddled in a solo expedition in one year.
  • She plans to leave Fort Gratiot Light Station County Park on March 9.
  • A team of filmmakers will be accompanying her on the journey, capturing footage for a film called “Just Around the Pointe.”
  • The expedition is called “The Stellar Tour de Force,” and Martin will be wearing a tracking device so people can follow her progress at
  • Martin’s website is at
  • Martin will be paddling a Stellar USA Racer kayak that has been modified with extra hatches for gear and supplies.

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