The Lake of the Ozarks International Boat Race is now just four weeks away and more details are being announced including how traffic will be routed when Bagnell Dam access is closed.
The race will be held June 6-9 near the dam.
Lake Ozark Police Chief Mark Maples says the tentative plan is to close Bagnell Dam Blvd. from Willmore Lodge on the north side of the dam to Station Drive near Old Time Photos on the south side. Only foot traffic will be allowed between those two locations, and spectators will not be allowed in the area of the cranes on the dam.
Traffic will be shut down a half hour before the races begin until a half our after.
Beavers at the Lake near the dam is the host facility. Major sponsors are Formula Boats and Mtn. Dew.
Between six and eight buses will shuttle people throughout the area. Parking will be available at one or more churches at the top of Bagnell Dam Blvd., and may be available at the School of the Osage Heritage Building, depending on construction progress related to a $22 million renovation.
The Offshore Super Series (OSS), the sanctioning group for the race, will buoy off the perimeter of the actual racecourse, which runs from near Bagnell Dam to midway between Lotell Hollow Cove and Birdsong Hollow Cove. The racecourse is approximately 4.5 miles long.
The Offshore Super Series came to the lake in 2007-09 near the 7-mile marker. The economic downturn and other unforeseen issues forced the OSS to leave the lake until this year.
The Race Pits will be on the docks at Beavers, the Racer Village will be located on the Bagnell Dam Strip, as well as the Vendor Village.
PX- Performance Xtreme - Canopy Class Unlimited
Pro-Am 1 - 117 mph - top speed
Pro-Am 2 - 105 mph - top speed
Pro -Am 3 - 95 mph - top speed
Pro -Am 4 - 85 mph - top speed
Pro -Am 5 - 75 mph - top speed
Super Vee Lite - Canopy V Bottom
Super Stock - Twin Outboard Cat
• Saturday, June 1 -- Lake Race Volunteer Party, Beavers at the Dam Bar and Grill on the Bagnell Dam Strip
• Tuesday, June 4 -- Potential Pontoon event--TBD
• Wednesday, June 5 -- Lake Race Tribute Party and Benefit Auction--Topsider Entertainment Complex Osage Beach (famous and legendary lake area racers will be recognized and lake racing memorabilia auctioned)
Page 2 of 2 - • Thursday, June 6 -- Race team arrivals. Individual team meet-and-greet functions at lake-area sponsor facilities in afternoon.
Evening -- Lake Race VIP Sponsor/Race Team Party, Beavers at the Dam Bar and Grill on the Bagnell Dam Strip.
• Friday, June 7 -- Lake Race vendor village and racer village setup.
Evening -- Lake Race Meet and Greet on Bagnell Dam Strip (open to the public);
Entertainment at Beavers, Retro-Boogie, 8 p.m.-midnight
• Saturday, June 8 -- Early, race team practice runs and course inspections.
Mid-afternoon -- First-ever, Lake Race official pontoon boat race event; Unlimited Xtreme Class time trials;
Bagnell Dam open for spectator viewing (first time in over 30 years);
Party at Beavers to Disco Dick and the Mirror Balls, 8 p.m.-midnight
• Sunday, June 9 -- Lake Race Pro-Am race heats; Super V Lite Canopy race;
Super Stock Twin Outboard Cat race.
The Main Event -- Performance Xtreme Canopy Class Unlimited race
Awards Ceremony -- 5 or 6 p.m., Victory Party at Beavers at the Dam
For more information contact Mike Shepherd-co-chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 573-434-0611; or check lakerace.com