Some of the world’s fastest boats will compete for bragging rights and prizes June 1 at the Lake of the Ozarks during Lake Race 2019.
Lake Race is one of two high-powered boat racing events that take place at the Lake of the Ozarks each summer. This year marks the seventh year for the Offshore Powerboat Association-sanctioned Lake Race, which sees boats speeding along a four-mile course to determine a winner.
New this year, the Lake Race course has moved a few miles down water from the Bagnell Dam and now stretches from the 5 mile-marker to the 9 mile-marker on the main channel of the lake. All Lake Race events will take place at the Horny Toad Entertainment Complex at Camden on the Lake, located at 2359 Bittersweet Road in Lake Ozark, and at Shady Gators Restaurant, located at 132 Sweet William Road, also in Lake Ozark.
Both venues are located at the 7 mile-marker by water.
The change in location is a result of the growing popularity of the Lake Race with both competitors and
According to Osage Beach fire chief and president of the Lake Race Board of Directors Jeff Dorhauer, the race had expanded to its maximum capacity logistically along the historic Bagnell Dam, where it had been held previously. Moving to the new location allows for more boats to participate and more spectators to enjoy the festivities.
“The new location offers more viewing areas as it pertains to public places where people can watch the races,” Dorhauer said. There are multiple large-capacity venues in close proximity to the race course.
In addition, there are designated anchor points on the periphery of the race course for those that would like to watch the races from the comfort of their boats. “By far, this is the best way to watch the races,” Dorhauer said. However, Dorhauer does stress that spectators coming by water need to pay attention to the “no wake” and “no anchor” areas and need to stay 100 feet off the buoy line so that the patrol boats have room to operate.
Lake Race events get underway May 30 with the official Lake Race Pre-Party where the public can meet and greet the racers at Shady Gators starting at 6 p.m. There will be a complimentary shuttle service running throughout the evening to and from nearby parking lots and Camden on the Lake Resort.
On the evening of May 31, there’s the Festival of Speed By Land or Sea, which takes place at both Camden on the Lake and Shady Gators. Performance Boat Center will have many vessels on display in the slips of the marina at The Horny Toad Entertainment Complex at Camden on the Lake. There also will be a vendor village set up along the catwalk at The Horny Toad. The Festival of Speed begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. There will be complimentary shuttle buses as well as shuttle boats running from Camden on the Lake to Shady Gators throughout the evening.
The main event gets underway on June 1 with the opening ceremonies taking place at 10:45 a.m. All the high-speed action kicks off around 11 a.m. with boat races taking place throughout the day and concluding by 5 p.m.
Following the completion of the races, there will be an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. with the winners of the 2019 Lake Race being announced from the outdoor stage at The Horny Toad. And, at Shady Gators, there will be a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. featuring country music superstar Billy Ray Cyrus, who goes on at 9:30 p.m. Tickets for the Billy Ray Cyrus show can be purchased at www.ShadyGators.com.
For more details about Lake Race 2019, including a schedule of events and a list of participating sponsors, please visit www.LakeRace.com.
For more ways to have fun at the Lake of the Ozarks and to get information on additional events, year around attractions, and lodging and dining options available at the lake, visit the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau’s award-winning website, www.FunLake.com, or call 800.386.5253.