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Mark Hahn jet ski race this weekend

February 22, 2019

A busy weekend of festivities on the Island will include the 15th Annual Mark Hahn Memorial 300, taking place on Crazy Horse Campgrounds on Saturday.

Hosted by the International Jet Sports Boating Association, it is the longest personal watercraft race in the world, according to the race’s website.

The race will run north along the Arizona shore toward Havasu Landing then back down south along the California shore nearly to Site Six then back to Crazy Horse to complete one lap. Each lap is 10 miles long and the riders will need to complete 30 laps to finish.

It is also one of the few races in the world which uses a Le Mans start, which is where the racers will begin on land, then race to their watercraft when a starter gun is fired and take off.

The race features not only professional riders but many first-timers as well.

Gates will open at Crazy Horse at 7 a.m. with a $15 fee for each vehicle. All materials must be removed from the campgrounds by 6 p.m.

A parade lap will take place at 9 a.m. and the race will begin tentatively at 10 a.m.

Hahn, the event’s namesake, was an endurance racer who died during a PWC race in 2004.

Last year’s event featured contestants from all over the world, including Indonesia, Portugal, Japan, France, Belgium and Canada.

After the race, there will be a banquet held at the Relics and Rods Hall in the Aquatic Center where the cash purses for the winners will be awarded. In order to attend, you must purchase a $25 ticket, which is available at the door. Mike Follmer, Hahn’s longtime friend will host the event.

The bar will open at 6 p.m. and the awards presentation will begin at 7:45 p.m.

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