September 9, 2006 - Updated 11/15/06
Third Annual “World’s Longest Continuous PWC Race” Set for February 24th at Lake Havasu
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA – The date for the Third Annual “World’s Longest Continuous PWC Race” was announced today by the event co-promoters Jim Russell, DSM Eventsowner and Mike Follmer. The 2007 – APBA National Mark Hahn Memorial, 300 Mile Team Endurance Race is all set to launch on February 24, 2007 from Crazy Beach at Crazy Horse Campground in Lake Havasu, Arizona. The event will once again be sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association (APBA), and it is expected that over 100 two rider teams will enter to try and break the APBA Endurance Record of 4 Hours 50 Minutes to cover the 300 miles set at last year’s event by Matt Legerski and Steve Friebe aboard a Sea-Doo RXP.
The race is being held again in the memory of endurance racer Mark Hahn who was instrumental in providing the momentum to keep endurance racing going strong and growing across the country before his untimely death during a PWC race in 2004. The “Team” format features two riders for runabout (sit down) boat teams and up to three riders for a stand-up craft. Solo riders are also welcome to “Ironman” the race on either style of boat, a real test of endurance and stamina reserved for only the true endurance zealots.
The race is returning to Crazy Beach at Crazy Horse Campground that has undergone even more reconstruction at the hands of Jim Russell over the last several months. “This is now a “World Class” site for this very important event”, said Jim Russell, “and the 7.5 mile course we have approval from the Coast Guard for will pit all the teams against the wind, rough water and long runs that this event has become synonymous with.” In addition to all the weather and water conditions all the teams have to contend with, they will also be required to make fuel stops without spilling fuel and make rider changes several times during the race, while modifying their race strategies as the race progresses.
After the gigantic success and world wide recognition received in the press of last year’sMark Hahn Memorial, it is expected that this year’s entries will far surpass the 60 teams that were there to battle for the title. Mike Follmer said, “We’re gearing up to make this year’s event outshine what we did last year by getting more give a ways and even better trophies for the massive awards banquet at the London Bridge Resort that will far surpass what we did last year.” “We have on the water still photography and magazine coverage to chronicle the event for the riders, live television coverage of the race on TV45 in Lake Havasu, and are in the final throes of securing national television coverage on The Water Channel.” Follmer added.
All of the pre-race attention and planning for this year’s Mark Hahn Memorial guarantee that it will far surpass the previous two years - which have been heralded by many as the “Best PWC race of the year”! Get your teams together and your entry in early to make sure you don’t miss out on this great experience.
Entry forms and entry information sheets were released today for the February 24th event. Entry forms, race information, updates and results will be posted on the Mark Hahn web site, www.pwcfun.com/markhahn300.asp and www.pwctoday.com. www.apbaracing.com.