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SLOUGH RACE - KENMORE, WA

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SLOUGH RACE - KENMORE, WA

Time: April 5, 2014 from 10am to 5pm
Location: Kenmore Boat Launch & Log Boom Park
Street: NE 175th St
City/Town: Kenmore, WA
Website or Map: http://www.cityofkenmore.com
Phone: 415-336-8847 event organizer Gaul Culley
Event Type: races, show
Organized By: Gaul Culley
Latest Activity: Nov 24, 2016

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Event Description

Kenmore Hydroplane Cup: The Return of the Sammamish Slough Race
Saturday, April 5
Log Boom Park & Kenmore Boat Launch

The inaugural Kenmore Hydroplane Cup event revs up on April 5. The event will be held on the north end of Lake Washington at the newly remodeled Kenmore Boat Launch and Log Boom Park. The timed exhibition race will feature a variety of boats including two cylinder and three-and-up cylinder boats, Native American war canoes, junior hydroplanes, and RC hydroplane demonstration. Competitors will race one or two boats at a time up the Sammamish River, navigate around the challenging oval course and back to the Kenmore Boat Launch. The event is organized by local resident and artist Gaul Culley.

The original race, known as the "Slough Race," was wildly popular between 1928 and 1976 and drew crowds of spectators between 40,000 and 80,000. The idea to reintroduce the event came last year after local artist Gaul Culley organized the Sammamish Slough Race exhibit at Kenmore City Hall, which drew hundreds of racing fans.

Saturday, April 5

9:00 a.m.     Pits open @ Kenmore Boat Launch & Log Boom Park

10:00 a.m.   Opening Ceremonies @ Kenmore Boat Launch

  • Musical performance by 4Culture grant award recipient, artist Rulon Brown
  • Ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the remodeled Kenmore Boat Launch

11:00 a.m.   Race & Main Event Begin 

  • Best viewing areas for the race: Kenmore Boat Launch, Log Boom Park, & Harbour Village Marina public dock
  • Activities at Kenmore Boat Launch
    • Hydroplane & Runabout Pits (two cylinder, three-and-up cylinder)
    • Native American War Canoe Pits
    • RC Pits & Demonstration
  • Activities at Log Boom Park
    • Hydroplane & Vintage Yacht Show
    • Junior Hydroplane (youth) Pits & Exhibition
    • Celebrity Unlimited Driver Outboard Race

5:00 p.m.     Trophy Ceremony @ Log Boom Park


How to Get to Kenmore
Kenmore is centrally located along SR 522 between I-405 and I-5 at the northern tip of beautiful Lake Washington. You can get to Kenmore by vehicle, public transit, or the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Event Locations
Log Boom Park, 17415 61st Ave NE
Kenmore Boat Launch, 17150 68th Ave NE

Event Parking
Street parking along NE 175th Street
Former Northshore Park & Ride, 18149 68th Ave NE
Rhododendron Park, 6910 NE 170th Street
* A shuttle will operate between Northshore Park & Ride, Rhododendron Park and Log Boom Park

Please note:
* Limited ADA parking available at Log Boom Park
* No spectator parking available at Kenmore Boat Launch


Wednesday, April 2
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.   Opening Reception @ 192 Brewing Co. (7324 NE 175th Street, Kenmore)
This family-friendly event features iconic historical photos of the Slough Race by late photographer Bob Carver.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.   Special Presentation @ Kenmore Community Club (7304 NE 175th Street, Kenmore)
The Kenmore Heritage Society is hosting a special presentation and slideshow about the historic race.

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