It's time for racing - on land and water
Saturday, July 05, 2014 5:00 AM
The excitement has been building all week, and now it's time for a weekend of racing on the water and on land.
Regatta Festival events this week - from waterball fights to beach wrestling - have been great. Now we turn our attention to the riverfront for the running of the Indiana Governor's Cup race on Sunday and the streets of Madison today for the Courier 10K Run/Walk.
More than 300 runners and walkers will depart from Madison Consolidated High School this morning and wind their way down Hanging Rock Hill to the finish line at Lytle Park.
On the water, this year's racing format is different than in past years. All racing action will take place on Sunday with heats beginning at 11 a.m. and the final heat set for 4:05 p.m.
Today, the Unlimiteds will test and qualify with a "Dash for Cash" race set for about 4 p.m. In addition, the vintage Unlimiteds Miss US IV and Gale V will put on exhibition runs.
Last year was a disappointment. High water flooded the pit area causing racing to be canceled for the first time since 1948. But everything looks like a "go" for today and Sunday. The weather is supposed to be great and the river level is good for racing.
And, of course, don't forget the fireworks show tonight. The bombastic exhibit will begin shortly after dark, and admission is free.
Many people have put in hundreds of hours to make the Regatta Festival one of the premier summer events in Indiana.
Cheer the 10K participants along the race course today, then come down to the riverfront and show your support for the Regatta and our Oberto/Miss Madison's new driver Jimmy Shane.