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Are Poker Runs a Thing of the Past?

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Are poker runs a thing of the past? It’s a discussion that’s been ongoing for several years as the performance-boat market has diminished and many poker runs have witnessed a decline in participation. From my recent experience, that assertion couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Obviously not every event in the country is thriving—and some of the most popular ones have seen a noticeable registration dip—but you don’t have to look far to find events that are growing despite a still sluggish economy.

For example, while I was in Texas last week enjoying the hospitality and camaraderie of the Texas Outlaw Challenge, a whole other group of boaters was gathering roughly 1,000 miles away for the Thunder Run on Kentucky’s Lake Cumberland. Besides taking place on the same weekend in June, the two events have a few other things in common. Let me explain.

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