The Illinois Marine Racing Club conducts the races that are sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association. The sport is not for the faint of heart. The boats are small – about 125 pounds – and they hit speeds of up to 80 mph while the driver crouches, barely over the water with competitors only inches away.
Racers use two basic types of boats: runabouts and hydroplanes. They compete in several categories according to distinctions based on age, boat weight, and motor type. The race course on the Rock River will be about a half-mile.
Food and drink will be available for purchase and there will be activities for the kids. Very family friendly. Admission is free.