LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — Lake Race, the powerboat racing event that annually brings dozens of top-notch boat racers to Lake of the Ozarks at the beginning of summer, has been postponed.
The race was scheduled for Friday, May 30; organizers do not have a reschedule date yet.
The Lake Race Corp Board made the announcement on Tuesday evening, May 5. “As much as we want it to be, now is just not the right time,” said Tom Abbett, board president. He added, “Racers by definition are risk takers and daredevils and they know the calculated risks of strapping into a race boat. With the COVID-19 pandemic touching every aspect of life right now, there are just too many unknowns and variables that we do not have control over.”
Abbett emphasized the change in plans was not easy, and was done in “the best interest of the community, the racers and the spectators. It is a very tough decision and one that has been made with much consternation.”
He said the board would be working to reschedule the event. “We look forward to working with the OPA, our host facility Camden on the Lake and the State, County and City governments involved to reschedule this event to a more certain and proper date.”