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16th Annual Desert Storm Poker Run & Shootout

16th Annual Desert Storm Poker Run & Shootout

April 23 - 26, 2014

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Folks, this is THE see and be seen event in the boating industry! Named "One of the Top Five Poker Runs in the Nation" by Performance Boats Magazine, Desert Storm 2014 is guaranteed to be a world-class collection of the most prestigious performance boats from across the nation! Racing from the heart of Lake Havasu (starting at Site Six off of the island) to Spectator Point, top speeds upwards of 160+ MPH are not uncommon here. Last year's top speed -- a whopping 180 MPH by Don London in his Skater 388! The air will be buzzing with the racers' helicopter teams flying above the boats right above the water.

Kicking off the event on Wednesday is the 2nd Annual "Krusin' for Kids"
event. Under-privileged and special needs children and adults will be coming from all over the state to have their dreams come true, one 'Kruse' at a time. Volunteer participants will take guests out for a 'Kruse' around the lake, starting at the Nautical Beachfront Resort/Turtle Bar boat docks, and back again to the Nautical's pool area where they will enjoy a fun-filled day created just for them. 'Krusin' for Kids' is hosted by LakeRacer LLC, Teague Custom Marine, and New Horizons.

Wednesday night, LakeRacer LLC presents a silent and live auction at the Desert Storm Open House, hosted by Oregon Custom Marine (1515 Industrial Blvd.). Proceeds from the auction will go to New Horizons to continue helping families in need. Come meet some of the best people in performance boating you could possibly meet!

As if that's not enough, the Thursday Desert Storm Street Party located on Lake Havasu's Main Street is ELECTRIC -- and last year's turnout was over 40,000 people! Many of the boats racing will be on display up and down the boulevard and will take your breath away with their massiveness. Whether you enjoy viewing extreme sport boats or just want to speculate on who will win this year, you do not want to miss out on the excitement of the Thursday night Desert Storm Street Party.

On Friday, see the boats in their full glory on the water at the Desert Storm Boat Parade & Poker Run. Racers will be displaying their boats on parade from Thompson Bay and through the Bridgewater Channel. The best views will be the Nautical Beachfront Resort, English Village, and the Bridgewater Channel. After the parade, the drivers will be taking off for the Poker Run, picking up cards at various card stops on the lake. Poker stops include Havasu Springs, Havasu Landing, Thompson Bay, Black Meadow Landing, and Crazy Horse.

New to Desert Storm's events is a Waterfront Concert & Beach Party in front of the Nautical Beachfront Resort on Friday after the Poker Run. All are welcome to raft up and enjoy an afternoon of fun and music. Tie-up buoy lines are reserved for participants and boaters who fly a Desert Storm pennant (which can be purchased at the LakeRacer LLC booth at the Thursday Street Party on McCulloch Blvd. (Main Street). Front row (red) pennants can be purchased for $100; second row (yellow) pennants $50; third row (green) pennants $25. All Desert Storm Poker Run participants receive a red pennant as part of their participation fee. One-Eyed Romeo and Sidewynder will be playing from 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm.

Saturday starts the famous and heart-rumbling Desert Storm Shootout, where racers run a two mile course starting near the Site Six Launch Ramp south along the California side of the lake. 30 different classes will be competing, and the speeds are breathtaking! Best viewing for the Shootout will be on the surrounding bluffs on the Island near Site Six to Spectator Point.

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Krusin' for Kids Charity Rides Nautical Beachfront Resort/Turtle Bar boat docks
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Kids Pool Party & Lunch Nautical Beachfront Resort pool area
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Krusin' for Kids Auction, Open House,
& Welcome Party
Oregon Custom Marine (1515 Industrial Blvd.)
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm Desert Storm Street Party McCulloch Blvd. (Main Street, from Capri Bl. to Acoma Bl.)
5:00 pm Participant Registration & Check-in
Across from BJ's (look for LakeRacer motorhome)
10:00 am Poker Run Channel Parade Starting in Thompson Bay through Bridgewater Channel
10:45 am - 2:30 pm Poker Run The Island to the Parker Dam and back
4:30 - 9:30 pm
Waterfront Concert and Beach Party Waterfront at The Nautical Beachfront Resort
9:00 am Desert Storm Shootout Site Six Launch Ramp to Spectator Point (approx. 2 mi.)
1:30 - 4:00 pm Shootout continues Site Six Launch Ramp to Spectator Point (approx. 2 mi.)

Spectators, please be extra careful if you're boating on the lake over the weekend as boat traffic will be unusually heavy.

Contact Information:

Jim Nichols
Phone: (602) 578-5975

Event Information:

Venue: Site Six Launchramp to Spectator Point
Address: On the Island
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Price: Free to Spectators
Rain Policy: In the event of lightning or high winds the Shootout will be postponed from Saturday to Sunday.

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