Here We Go: Race the Joe!

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Drivers will have another shot to beat the defending champion from last year’s Race the Joe! this weekend at the second annual jet boat race on the St. Joe River.

Events begin with a boat show n’ shine and fireworks Friday starting at 6 p.m. followed by races all day Saturday and Sunday (starting at 10 a.m.). The weekend concludes with the awards banquet at 6 p.m. May 25 at the Eagle’s Lodge.

Twenty-nine committed race teams are organized into five different classes and featured in the event guide, published last week. Racers come from as far as New Zealand and Canada. Others are from California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Organizers expect this year’s race to be even bigger and better attended than last year.

“From what I am hearing, I think we are going to have more spectators,” chamber president Shirley Ackerman said. “Folks are already taking their campers up the river. I think we are going to see a big influx of visitors.”

Shirley Ackerman, Kristin Compton and Amy Reid-Scheer sport race shirts in front of the Eagles, where the awards banquet will conclude the second annual Race the Joe this weekend.

Shirley Ackerman, Kristin Compton and Amy Reid-Scheer sport race shirts in front of the Eagles, where the awards banquet will conclude the second annual Race the Joe this weekend.

The first annual Race the Joe! had 17 teams participating and thousands of spectators.

Last year’s winner, Gord Humphrey of Canada driving Unnatural Disaster, will return to defend his title. Two hours and 31 seconds is the overall time to beat. His team won the Canadian World Championships in 2011 and were Canadian Points Champions in 2012.

Though the fastest boats top out at about 140 mph, it is unlikely that any of the racers will hit that speed. Sheriff’s deputies recorded boats hitting a top speed of 124 mph last year.

Thousands of spectators are expected to line the banks of the St. Joe River during the races. There are several locations along the river open to the general public for viewing the race. They include Idaho Forest Industries Landing, Shadowy St. Joe Campground, Scott Park at St. Joe City, Falls Creek Bridge, the Big Eddy Resort and the Calder bridge.

Winners will be announced at the awards banquet Sunday evening. The public is also invited to the event. Tickets are being presold for $15 adults and $5 for children at Hills Cabin City Pizza. The meal includes an all-you-can-eat pizza and salad bar. Seats are limited. Call (208) 245-2561 for additional information.

Race merchandise including T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, hooded sweatshirts and various hats are available at the chamber office and will be available at the show n’ shine Friday evening and at the Idaho Forest Industries landing during both race days.

More than 75 local businesses helped sponsor this year’s race. Dave Smith Motors is this year’s official event sponsor.

Call (208) 596-1103 for additional information.

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