Wednesday, April 11, 2012
World Jet Boat Marathon Championship kicks off Friday
Races come to Orofino Wednesday, April 18
In less than five days racers from around the world begin the first leg of a four river race in
to crown a new 2012 Toyota Weaver Seed Jet Boat Marathon Champion! Idaho
Racing teams were spotted making practice runs on the
over the weekend, Race Organizer Kim Friend said. St. Maries,
“This is an amazing opportunity to see world class jet boat river racing right here in north central
Friend said. Idaho
Over 150 non-paid volunteers from all over
and the northwest have dedicated hundreds of hours to make this event a success,
Race Director Gary Labrum said. Idaho
“Willing sacrifice is the word for our corps of world race committee volunteers,” Labrum said.
“Some of our volunteers have given up weekends each month since October to drive as far as 300 miles one way on their own nickel to then sit in logistics planning meetings for five hours,” he said.
Opening ceremonies and events begin at at St. Maries’
on Friday followed by the first legs of racing on the Lower
Saturday and Sunday. Spectators may watch the race for free from a river bank
with public access along each of the four rivers. St.
The 2012 Toyota Weaver Seed World Jet Boat Marathon Championship continues over a nine day period, April 13-21 on select sections of the
April 16-17; the Lewiston Clearwater River
at Orofino, April 18 and the Salmon River
at Riggins, April 19-21. For the latest racing information go to: facebook.com/2012usa.worldjetboatmarathon.
Free copies of the 2012 Toyota Weaver Seed World Jet boat
official race program include maps of each river course and information on over
30 elite racing teams. The complimentary programs are available at a variety of
businesses throughout St. Maries, ,
Clarkston, Orofino, Grangeville, White Bird, Riggins and McCall. Lewiston
Free programs will also be available at the starting area of each race or can be downloaded from the North Central Idaho Travel Association’s web site, www.visitnorthcentralidaho.org.