Monthly Archives: September 2013
Powerboats manned by leading American and international racing teams are to thunder through the waters of Key West Harbor during the Key West World Championship, slated Sunday through Sunday, Nov. 3-10.
About the Races
Boats are to race on a 6.2-mile course that features both rough and calm water conditions during the season-ending event acclaimed as the Indianapolis 500 of the offshore powerboat racing circuit. The challenging course is a primary reason for the island city’s reputation as one of the world’s premier racing venues.
The course layout provides spectators unmatched close-up views of the high-speed action. According to race organizer John Carbonell boats will be within 50 yards of race fans at the Truman Waterfront grandstand area as they roar into the outer harbor.
The Key West World Championship is to kick off with a parade of race boats down the island’s legendary Duval Street beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.
The excitement builds through the week with races Wednesday, Nov. 6; Friday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 10. Three races are scheduled per day, each featuring boats from multiple classes.
Among spectators’ favorites is the Superboat Unlimited class, which draws powerful contenders competing at speeds that can exceed 165 mph.
On nonrace days, powerboat enthusiasts can view the boats, watch in-water testing runs and mingle with racers and crews at the race village on Key West’s Truman Waterfront, located at the end of Southard Street past Thomas Street and Truman Annex.
In addition, parties and events are planned for racers and fans.
General-admission tickets are available, as are all-inclusive VIP spectator passes for the Truman Waterfront grandstands and hospitality tent. Other popular viewing areas include waterfront hotels and Key West’s Mallory Square.
Event information: www.superboat.com
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Motorcyclists from throughout the United States are to travel one of America’s most scenic highways to raise money for charity during the 41st annual Phil Peterson’s Key West Poker Run, set for Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 19-22. The 2013 run features three Florida Keys cruising days so participants have more time to explore the island chain.
Traditionally drawing riders on up to 10,000 bikes, the popular ride features a unique route down the 113-mile Overseas Highway from mainland Florida to Key West. Offering long vistas of breathtaking sea and sky, the roadway incorporates 42 bridges spanning the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Bay and Gulf of Mexico.
Beginning Sept. 1, bikers can register to ride at Peterson’s Harley-Davidson of Miami, 19400 N.W. 2nd Ave., and Peterson’s Harley-Davidson South, 19825 S. Dixie Highway. Online registration is accepted before that date at www.petersonsharley.com.
Participating bikers receive poker sheets when they register and draw cards at designated stops along the route. The first stop opens at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, and riders must check in at the final stop in Key West by 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.
Entrants who draw the 10 best poker hands are eligible to play in a winner-take-all round of Texas Hold ‘Em set for 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept., 21, at the Rose Tattoo Bar, 618 Duval St. The winner is to take home a new Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle or $6,000 cash.
A section of lower Duval Street and Greene Street are to be closed to car traffic from 11 a.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday, and again from 7 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday, so bikers with weekend parking passes can park on the street to display their bikes and enjoy a street party.
Other attractions include a Thursday night “Upper Duval Crawl,” a Friday and Saturday bike merchandise market, Saturday’s “Biker Bash” and custom bike show, an oceanside Sunday brunch and parties throughout the weekend at Key West watering holes.
The Poker Run is a fundraiser for the Diabetes Research Institute and charities of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club.
Event information: www.petersonskeywestpokerrun.com
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