Great Raft Race 2018

Rafters take part in Tulsa’s Great Raft Race as seen from the Oklahoma 97 bridge in Sand Springs Sep. 3, 2018. 

Registration is open for the Great Raft Race and this year, organizers plan to donate some of the money raised from the registration fees to River Parks and entities in Sand Springs affected by the recent floods.

Early bird registration at $45 per participant ends June 30, the rate of $55 per participant ends July 31 and it’s $70 per participant from August 1 to August 30. The fifth-year of Tulsa’s Great Raft Race’s revival will be September 2 or Labor Day. The rafts take off from the boat ramp at Case Community Park and end at the boat ramp at River West Festival Park.

“We planned to open (registration June 1, but (it was postponed until June 15), but we didn’t want to be promoting the river (during the flood),” Raft Race Director Seth Erkenbeck said.

Erkenbeck also said organizers received a grant to match money received from registration fees up to $1,000.

He said this year’s Finish Line Festival will include a volleyball tournament in addition live music, food trucks, games and more.

The race ran from 1973-1991 before its revival. The event drew 600 rafts, 4,500 racers and 150,000 spectators to the banks of the Arkansas River at its peak.

Acceptable vessels for the race include canoes, kayaks, inflatable rafts, paddleboards and homebuilt rafts.

Small homemade rafts can be no larger than 8 feet by 10 feet and large homemade rafts can’t be larger than 12 feet by 16 feet.

For more information about the Great Raft Race, visit www.tulsaraftrace.com.

Rachel Snyder 918-581-8315

rachel.snyder@sandspringsleader.com