World record kayak trip begins on Walloon Lake
Today, Wednesday Sept. 2, Steve Corlew of Harbor Springs will attempt a new world record for kayaking.
Corlew, 34, plans to paddle more than 155 miles in a 24-hour period, launching from Camp Daggett on Walloon Lake.
Professional paddlers from California and the state of Washington have held the records for the past several years but Corlew is unique because he has an autoimmune disorder called sarcoidosis.
The disease involves abnormal collections of inflammatory cells (granulomas) that can form as nodules in multiple organs.
Four weeks ago, he feared he was going to have to cancel this record-breaking attempt due to a flare-up of his condition.
However, after a six-hour kayaking trip from Petoskey to Cheboygan in August, he decided to proceed with this paddle.
“I want people to fight the good fight and not let the disorder deter them from living fully,” said Corlew, who added that he wants to achieve the world record to bring awareness to sarcoidosis and inspire those suffering from the disease.
Corlew has competed in six Ausable River Canoe Races, taking second place three different times along with a third with his team.
Corlew’s adventure will begin at 6 p.m.