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Boat Races On Tap This Weekend

July 11, 2012
Wetzel Chronicle

The summer is heating up with annual events in downtown Marietta, Ohio. The second weekend in July offers a number of special events worth checking out.

The hottest race boats in the world will unleash full-bore exhilaration during the 12th annual Marietta Riverfront Roar Powerboat Superleague Races July 13-15 along the Ohio River levee.

Fans will see raw horsepower riding on the water's edge, powering through turns at top speed accelerating from zero to 100 mph in under six seconds. These sleek racecraft can corner turns without losing speed, and can go streaking down the straights as fast as 120 mph. That's Powerboat Superleague, the world's oldest and the nation's most respected tunnel boat circuit.

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There are activities and events scheduled throughout the weekend to compliment the power boat races, including the Marietta Merchants and Artists Walk throughout downtown and Historic Harmar Village, the 5k Run/Walk for the Roar, live entertainment throughout the weekend, fireworks, and much more.

For a complete list of activities, visit or call the Marietta/Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-288-2577.

A top-notch field of the world's best tunnel boat drivers is scheduled for the Marietta Riverfront Roar Powerboat Regatta, stop number three on the eight-event national 2012 Superleague tour.

Teams will be adding to their year-long quest for high-points, as well as racing for purse and prizes, to test themselves against each other and the Ohio River along the levee in downtown Marietta.

Superleague presents a formidable package of on-water motor sports excitement, bringing to the river cities what has been recognized as powerboat racing's wave-of-the-future.

The non-profit group, Marietta Riverfront Roar Inc., and its all-volunteer committee, produces the local event. Marietta and the Roar were chosen by Powerboat Superleague teams to receive the prestigious Best Site award in years past in recognition of the standards of excellence in the local communities, the sponsors, the area governments and the committee.

Race central is the levee in historic downtown Marietta, overlooking the Ohio River. The race course, a tour-de-force rectangle, has been designed to showcase the remarkable turning capabilities of the tunnel boats, keeping the action up close and right in front of the fans.

Race fans can expect fast, free, fun both July 14 and 15. Come downtown on Friday evening and see the boats, meet the drivers, and enjoy the Friday night activities around town, including live entertainment at the Pepsi Pavilion from 5 p.m. to midnight, and a live remote by US 107 WNUS from 7-9 p.m.

Saturday morning marks the beginning of on-water events with testing at 10 a.m., followed by racing at approximately 1 p.m. Radio 102.1 FM,

The River, will broadcast live from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Classic Hit Mix 100 FM will broadcast on Sunday.

Racing continues on Sunday with the last chance qualifiers at 1 p.m., followed by the Vadiken Championship finals at approximately 4:30 p.m.

There will be the usual mix of interesting displays, food vendors ,and entertainment, along with all of the sights and shops of the historic downtown district, to provide plenty of fun for the entire family.

From the modified LeMans start to the checkered flag finish, it's nose-to-nose, deck-to-deck, heart-stopping action during the annual running of the Marietta Riverfront Roar on the Ohio river at downtown Marietta's historic levee, professional powerboat racing, Superleague style.

Outboard Performance Craft Vintage Race Boats will have a display on Front Street. A group of former drivers and owners have agreed to come to Marietta during the 12th annual Riverfront Roar with their vintage outboard racing boats.

In general, there will be washable tattoos, T-shirts and memorabilia, children's activities, including two new events - the Columbus Zoo Safari and Army National Guard Climbing Wall.

The Run for Roar annually attracts hundreds of runners and walkers from throughout the area. Plenty of food will be available with a record number of vendors.

The activities, entertainment, fireworks, and world-class racing are free, fast, fun, and will go on throughout the weekend.

Contact Gary Williams for further information at 740-525-1491.



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