Wide Open/WIA Competing At Lake Race 2019

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — Lake Race, the powerboat race that typically brings between 40 and 50 race boats for an exciting day of racing at Lake of the Ozarks, has been cancelled for 2020. The race was originally planned for May 29-30, but was recently postponed, due to Covid-19 concerns.

Organizers say they are now focused on Lake Race 2021, scheduled for June 4–6.

Lake Race President Tom Abbett said, “Due to an extremely busy summer tourism season on the Lake, and two other large annual boating events already planned, it was not possible to close a large part of the Lake of the Ozarks waterway for extended periods during that time. This left Lake Race’s Board of Directors with no other choice but to look for a date during the month of September.” The American Power Boating Association (APBA), which sanctions the race, pointed out the Lake of the Ozarks area has several September events already scheduled, such as Labor Day weekend activities, Bikefest, and the Fall In-Water Boat Show, along with other pending rescheduled events such as the Magic Dragon Car Show, typically held in May but also cancelled this year. The APBA said after consulting with community leaders, the Lake Race Board decided not to reschedule the race.

Only two APBA races are currently on the calendar for 2020: Cocoa Beach (Aug. 27–30) and Fort Myers Beach (Oct. 8–10).

The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, an unsanctioned boat race and the largest annual Lake of the Ozarks event, is still set for Aug. 29–30.


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