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Rock Falls River Chase
August 24, 2023
Bring the family
Aug. 24-27 | Sterward’s Riverside Park
Enjoy stock outboard boat racing. This unique event was held at the same location in the early 80s through the late 90s. The event made its return in 2014 after a local fan wondered what happened to the races he use to watch as a kid.
It’s a competition
The ages of racers range from 9 years old to racers in their 70s or older. Boat racers compete in several different classes of race boats, ranging in speeds from around 35 mph to 80 mph and more.
The race is brought to you by the Marine Racing Club of Illinois and the American Power Boat Association, along with several local sponsors.
Food and snack vendors will be on sight both Saturday and Sunday.
What is outboard racing?
Outboard Racing at its Finest
Picture yourself traveling at 60 miles per hour, not sitting in your 3,000-pound steel car, but kneeling – inches above the water – in a 120-pound wooden boat. Your left-hand squeezes the throttle. Your right hand is glued to the steering wheel. As the boat skims above the surface, your slightest movement affects its ride over the ever-changing water.
Now picture yourself surrounded by 11 other boats, just inches apart. Rough water jolts you. The spray of the other boats drenches you. You anxiously take your shot to pass your closest opponent, pushing your mind, will, and body to the limit. Three laps of flawless timing and outsmarting your competitors puts you in front for the win. The heart-pounding excitement lasts only minutes per heat, but Stock Outboard boat racing leaves you thirsting for more.