Race the Joe! 2015

It’s race weekend. The weekend kicks off tonight, Friday, with the Show and Shine at the Cormana Building and lower city park in St. Maries. It begins at 6 p.m. with fireworks at dusk. Racing is Saturday and Sunday. Boats travel from the Idaho Forest Industries Landing to the Calder Bridge. Separate legs will be held at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. each day. The weekend will wrap up Sunday night at the Eagles Lodge with […]

Here We Go: Race the Joe!

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 […]

Race the Joe! Need-to-Know

This question and answer series with Race the Joe! Race Director Shirley Ackerman appeared in the Feb. 19 edition of the St. Maries Gazette Record Ten Questions 1. When is this year’s jet boat race? The 2nd Annual Race the Joe! 2014 jet boat race is scheduled May 23-25. 2. What events are being planned? Friday, May 23 is the Show & Shine Boat Show, sponsored by Avista. It is a free community event. It starts at 6 p.m. at the […]

Shoshone County: It’s a go on the Joe

The Shoshone County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a special use permit for the second annual Race the Joe! Tuesday. The decision came after they listened to public testimony for and against the race Jan. 16 during a pubic hearing in Calder. The commissioners agreed that they would consider the impact the event, scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, will have on the area. There was concern whether the event would cause problems on an already congested weekend. Twenty-five people attended […]

Register for the St. Joe River Marathon, 1/2 Marathon or 5k Today!

Gleaming jet boats, boasting high-powered engines, have arrived in St. Maries and all the talk is of the races, the boats and the events surrounding the first annual Race the Joe! But in the excitement and hubbub of the jet boats, don’t forget to register for the third annual St. Joe River Marathon June 9 in St. Maries. The registration deadline to receive a shirt is Monday, May 20. However, runners can register through race day. http://www.stjoerivermarathon.com/registration.html Not a runner? […]

The race is on!

The first annual Race the Joe! Jet boat races is on and organizers are expecting to draw thousands of people to St. Maries. Don’t miss out! Racing doesn’t start until Saturday at 10 a.m. but the four-day event launches with a racer meet-and greet Thursday at Harvest Foods. Organizers expect 20 teams to be in St. Maries for the event. The St. Maries race is the second of three included in the USA Jet River Racing Series this year. The […]

Here come the Jet Boats!

Jet boat river races will return to the St. Joe River. Last year, the St. Joe River provided the first leg of the 2012 World Cup Jet Boat Races. The event was deemed an astounding success; racers and fans enjoyed the event enough to encourage organizers to bring back the boats. And here they come! Make plans now to attend the 1st Annual Race the Joe! in St. Maries May 17-19, 2013. The race events begin Friday, May 17 with […]

Race the Joe! plans are set!

Plans are set for the First Annual Race the Joe jet boat race according to organizers. The course will follow the St. Joe River for 25 miles from St. Maries to Calder.  Approximately 5,000 fans lined the St. Joe riverbank to watch the first two days of the 2012 U.S. World Jet Boat River Marathon Championship in April last year (2012). The event is sponsored by the St. Maries Chamber of Commerce, St. Maries – St. Joe River Jet Boat […]

The jet boats are coming!

In just two months the jet boats hit the St. Joe River as the Canada and USA Race Series visits St. Maries for the inaugural running of Race the Joe! The event is May 17-19, 2013. The speedy high-powered boats will travel the 25 miles from St. Maries to Calder in a series of timed runs. It’s the one weekend of the year when the speed restrictions are lifted from the river, allowing for the jet boats to fly over […]

Happy New Year!!

From snowmobile rides on surrounding mountain trails, to fishing and hunting across the valley, there’s a multitude of activities in St. Maries for residents and visitors alike. Seasons don’t stop us. Snow, rain, sun or sleet, we’re always going, always planning, always entertaining. The last year brought us jet boat races and the annual Summer Sucks Grass Drags, the St. Joe Cycle Club’s dirt bike series at Xmas Hills and the smArt Festival at Cherry Bend Boater’s Park.  We had […]