Saturday, July 20, 2013
THE RAFT RACE ~ Saturday, July 20 ~ RULES
The Three Rivers Festival Raft Race sponsored by Hotel Fitness and Hanning & Bean Enterprises, Inc.
promotes a safe, fun, family-oriented event. Participants are encouraged to act responsibly, show
good sportsmanship, assist other participants if necessary, show respect for the river and the land
owners along the river, and of course, have fun! Captains are responsible for knowing the race rules
and ensuring that their crew follows them for their own safety, the safety of other participants, and
to ensure that we will be able to hold this event in the future.
All rafts must be homemade.
No commercially manufactured hulls allowed on any raft.
Minimum raft size is 4' x 8' and must be able to support the weight of the crew.
Inner tubes or inflatable devices are not allowed.
All rafts must be solely human powered, self-propelled, and may use poles, oars, paddles, paddle wheels,
sails, propellers, etc. or any combination thereof.
All rafts must display the Hotel Fitness name or logo on their raft; assigned Raft Race competition number
must be displayed & clearly visible to Finish Line officials.
Aftermarket marine rigging such as cleats & rope are acceptable.
All raft decks must be securely fastened to a frame, and the frame securely fastened to the hulls and/or
Rafts must be equipped with a 25’ length of 3/8” (minimum) towline.
Raft Race Participants
All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Each crew member must sign a release of liability waiver prior to launching their raft on the day of the event.
No diving off any vessel or jumping into the water at any time! Sections of the race course can be very shallow
in spots and may include submerged sharp objects.
NO ANIMALS on board.
Each participant must have a Coast Guard approved life jacket that must be worn at all times.
All crew members must wear sneakers or other appropriate footwear to prevent injuries from submerged sharp objects.
In case of emergency, crew members must be able to affect an immediate escape from the raft and must not be
restricted in anyway.
Crew members sabotaging any other contestant’s raft will be disqualified.
Crew members must follow the instructions given by safety crews, Police and Divers at all times, in or out of the water.
Crew members must not indulge in behavior likely to endanger their selves, other participants, and other rafts.
Officials concerned with your safety will be permitted to withdraw from the race any crew member they deem unfit.
In all matters related to The Raft Race, the Committee’s decision is FINAL.
Blatant disregard of any of these rules could lead to disqualification of the entire team from the race.
In the event that any crew members are refused entry, or if a raft is unfit or disqualified, all entry fees will be forfeited.
Exact race course to be determined by the Raft Race Committee by May 15, and is subject to change.
Anticipated race start is 11:00 am, Saturday, July 20, 2013.
All Captains and their crew must remain aboard their Raft for the entire duration of the Race.
All rafts must have a minimum crew size of 3.
All rafts must the run entire course under their own power to be eligible for awards; e.g., NO help from spectators
on shore, and NO towing.
All rafts will be required to accept a tow if found to be floundering mid-race and/or have not finished by 4:00 p.m.
Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in the Commercial and Non-Commercial/Individual Divisions,
for the following categories:
1) Fastest Raft 2) Most Creative Raft
All rules are subject to change and amendment. Updates will be posted on this page.
Any questions about the interpretation of these rules, please contact the TRF Office (260-426-5556).
CHECK BACK SOON for 2013 RAFT RACE Entry Form
NOTE: Walk-up registrations will NOT be accepted day of event.
Need some tips on HOW TO BUILD An 8'x8' RAFT?
2 sheets plywood – 4’ x 8’ x 5/8” chipboard
8 – 2” x 4” x 8’ studs
1 – box 1 5/8” deck screws (approx. 150)
1 - box 3” deck screws (approx. 50)
2 – rolls of galvanized pipe strap (approx. 40’)
1 – box of 3/16” flat washers (approx.100)
4 – 55 gallon barrels
A. Build frame
1. Cut 5 – 2” x 4” x 8’ studs to 93” (7’ 9”)
2. Assemble between 8’ studs 2’ on center
3. Use 2 - 3” deck screws per board
B. Attach plywood
1. Lay 2 sheets on top of frame
2. Square frame to plywood
3. Fasten with 1 5/8” deck screws 1’ spacing
(Note – around barrels 6” spacing with washers to resist upward force of barrel)
C. Attach barrels
1. Turn raft over
2. Position barrels at 4 corners
3. Cut 4 barrel braces approximately 21 ¾” attach at end of barrels
4. Attach 2 – 5’ pipe straps over each barrel, fastening to frame
Need a bigger raft? Connect multiple 8’ x 8’ rafts together.