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July 24, 2013

25th Anniversary 

Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Offers 10 Days of Fast-Paced Fun

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. - Ten days of activities await attendees at the 25th anniversary of the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout powerboat races. Beginning Friday, Aug. 16, and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 25, this year's Shootout will feature racing by watercraft ranging from remote-controlled boats to personal watercraft to offshore racing boats flying down the Lake at speeds of 200 mph.  

  

The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout is the largest unsanctioned boat race in the country, featuring some of the top racers and offshore racing powerboats in the U.S. and Canada. "Powerboat Magazine" lists it as one of eight "must-see" boating events, and the magazine readers have voted it the Number 1 race in the country.

 

Captain Ron's Bar and Grill in Sunrise Beach is hosting the event for the sixth year. According to event sponsor and Captain Ron's owner Ron Duggan, the event continues to grow each year, with more events and bigger crowds.  He estimates participation of approximately 120 racers and 100,000 spectators during the 10-day event.  "Most importantly, however, the donations to local charities benefitting from the event continue to grow. That's what it's really all about," Duggan said, noting that last year's Shootout raised $100,000 for 22 area charities, including six local fire protection districts.


From Thursday through Sunday, attendees can enjoy vendor booths featuring everything from sunglasses to boat motors. Duggan estimates as many as 20,000 people will walk through "vendor village" and "racer village" during the Shootout. While there are entry fees to a number of the week's activities, Duggan emphasized the opportunity to watch the race and meet the racers is free and accessible to all attendees. "Everything is free but the parking," he said. "You don't have to have a whole lot of money to do this."  All the particulars of Shootout participation, like lodging and parking, can be found on the race's website at www.lakeoftheozarksshootout.org.

  

There are many ways to see all the action of the race.  Captain Ron's provides fans with viewing options on land with a "jumbotron" and dozens of televisions on the beach, docks and inside the bar and restaurant.  Attendees who want to see the races from the water are welcome to tie up along the course to watch.  Last year's flotilla included approximately 9,000 boats along the length of the course.  The cruise boat Celebration also offers the opportunity to watch the race from its decks, with shuttle service from Captain Ron's. For those who cannot attend in person, the Shootout will be streaming online at www.Ustream.tv.

 

Duggan stresses that the activities, as well as the donations to the charities, would not be possible without the participation of Lake-area businesses and volunteers. Last year, 569 volunteers donated 6,425 hours to ensuring the event's success. Their participation helps keep costs down so more of the money generated by the event can go to charities.

 

The Shootout combines sports with community activism. Tim Jacobsen, executive director of the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau, sums it up this way: "The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout has grown over the years to be the premier boating event in the Midwest. The Shootout is a great example of all aspects of our community coming together to benefit the Lake as a whole."

 

Please read on for a schedule of Shootout events and activities.

 

2013 Shootout Schedule of Activities:

 2013 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout activities are open to the public, though many require registration.  Details about registering and attending any of the week's events can be found on the Shootout website at: www.lakeoftheozarksshootout.org.

 

AUGUST 16 - 18

FOURTH ANNUAL COORS LIGHT AND MILLER LIGHT MINI SHOOTOUT: 

Held at Kelley's Landing, in Rainey Creek Cove at the 60 mile marker or off Hwy. 7 by land in Edwards, this mini-shootout features remote-controlled boats up to six feet long, traveling at speeds up to 100 mph.

 

AUGUST 18 

SHOWCASE PUBLISHING 

SHOOTOUT BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT

2013 is the fifth year for this tournament, played at Old Kinderhook Golf Resort, 20 Eagle Ridge Road, west of Camdenton.  The tournament begins with registration and lunch at noon, followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start.  Players can register at the Shootout website or by calling the Old Kinderhook Pro Shop at (573) 317-3573.

 

AUGUST 19 

THE GREAT SHOOTOUT TREASURE HUNT: 

Captain Ron's hosts a dinner and a hunt for treasure in the sand at Cannonball Beach from 5-8 p.m. Participants dig in the sand for treasure chests, one of which contains the grand prize. Captain Ron's is at 5-50 Lake Road in Sunrise Beach, or at the 34.5 mile marker by water.  Tickets for the treasure hunt, hosted by LakeExpo.com, can be purchased for $25 each by calling Tricia Morris at the Laurie/Sunrise Beach Rotary Club - (573) 374-8400 - and all proceeds benefit the club's community projects.

 

AUGUST 20 

SHOOTOUT PWC DAM RUN: 

Personal watercraft enthusiasts start this poker run at 9 a.m. at Surdyke Yamaha, 5863 Old U.S. Hwy. 54 in Osage Beach (26 mile marker on the Osage Arm), ride to Truman Dam in Warsaw and then end at Shorty Pants, 1680 Autumn Road in Osage Beach (21.6 mile marker by water) for a post-run party.  Participants can register on the Shootout website; entry fees begin at $150.

 

SHOOTOUT VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT: 

Captain Ron's hosts a volleyball tournament and features live entertainment with Davie Ray and Richard.  Register for the tournament at Captain Ron's.

 

AUGUST 21

SHOOTOUT IN THE PARK: 

Fans will have the opportunity to see the boats up close and meet the drivers at the Laurie Fairgrounds, 269 Fairgrounds Drive, where most of the race's drivers will show off their rigs from noon to 10 p.m.  Attendees can vote for their favorites in the "Sharpest Shooter" contest.

 

AUGUST 22

"WISHING ON A RIDE" POWERBOAT RIDES: 

At this special event, racers donate their time and their boats to provide the ride of a lifetime to children with disabilities or serious illnesses and their families. Rides depart from Captain Ron's.  Families can register for the rides by contacting Tiffany Riemann at (573) 368-1177 or triemann@sbcglobal.net.

 

SHOOTOUT HALL OF FAME DINNER: 

This dinner will honor the history of the Shootout, which began in 1988 as The Lake Rescue Shootout, in which local boaters competed for bragging rights. Former race "Top Guns" will be recognized as well. The dinner will be held at Cannon Smoked Saloon.  Reservations for the dinner can be made by contacting Captain Ron's at (573) 374-5852.

 

STEREO SHOOTOUT: 

Bragging rights for the biggest and best stereos are on the line at the Stereo Shootout at Camden on the Lake, 2359 Bittersweet Road, Lake Ozark (7 mile marker by water) from 6-8:30 p.m. Check the Shootout website for more information about this event, presented by Waves and Wheels.

 

AUGUST 23

POLY-LIFT POKER RUN: 

From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., participants will try to get the best poker hand at locations around the Lake, beginning at Backwater Jack's, 4341 Beach Drive, Osage Beach (17 mile marker by water) and ending at Shady Gators, 132 Sweet William Road, Lake Ozark (7 mile marker by water).  Registration will be held the day before the run at Captain Ron's or beginning at 8 a.m. at Backwater Jack's on the day of the run.  Entry fees begin at $150 and registration forms can be found on the Shootout website.

 

AUGUST 24

SHOOTOUT RACING

Opening ceremonies and unveiling of the Bob Morgan Memorial Shootout Hall of Fame begin at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 24. Lake of the Ozarks businessman Bob Morgan was a fixture at the early Lake of the Ozarks Shootout races in his boat, "Bad Moon Risin.'" He and his driving partner, Jeff "JT" Tillman, were killed in an accident at the Super Boat World Championships in Key West, Fla., in 2011. The Shootout Hall of Fame, which will be constructed at Captain Ron's, honors Morgan's contribution to the race and the Lake of the Ozarks community.

 

Racing begins with personal watercraft races at 8:30 a.m.  Power boat races begin at 10 a.m.

 

AUGUST 25

SHOOTOUT RACING:  

Power boat racing continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closing ceremonies are at 4 p.m., including the awards presentations for each class and crowning of the race's overall "Top Gun."

 

For more information about the Lake of the Ozark's many other activities and attractions, as well as lodging and dining options, contact the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau at 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit  www.FunLake.com.

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