With air temperatures in the mid-60s today and dipping into the high 40s tonight in Oshkosh, Wis.,, conditions were less than ideal for Midwestern poker-runners looking to thaw out from a long winter. Still, that didn’t stop 52 high-performance powerboats owners and their guests from donning sweatshirts, windbreakers and blue jeans and hitting Lake Winnebago today for the 11th annual Four Horsemen Poker Run backed by Sweetwater Performance Center and Marina, the Dockside Tavern, Mercury Racing, Livorsi Marine, Rollin Transport, Conlee Oil Company, Empire Landscaping and Snow Removal and more.
Ed Urbanek’s brawny 52-footer was home for the day for Speedonthewater.com national sales manager Ryan Johnson during today’s Four Horsemen Poker Run. Photos by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix/speedonthewater.com.
In addition to speedonthewater.com photographer Pete Boden capturing all the action from a helicopter, Ryan Johnson, the daily high-performance powerboating news website’s national advertising sales manager participated in the event. Johnson snagged a ride today with Ed Urbanek of Ohio, who owns an Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats SL 52 V-bottom powered by Mercury Racing 1350 engines.
This weekend’s happening was the second consecutive Four Horsemen Poker Run for Johnson, who lives in Minnesota.
“It’s been a blast,” said Johnson. “Despite a cold evening last night, the DJ, the dockside bar and the food were great and everyone seemed to enjoy it. We started this morning with a 10:30 mandatory captain’s meeting. An hour later, the poker run got started with Vinnie Diorio leading the group in Rollin, his beautiful Outerlimits SV 43. It was a sunny day, but will a light breeze that kept things cool and even chilly at times.
Check out the slideshow above for more action from today’s Four Horsemen Poker Run on Lake Winnebago.
“We started at the back of the pack and made it up to the front by the time we hit Lake Winnebago and rode alongside three other Outerlimits at speeds from 90 to 120 mph to the lunch break at the Harbor Bar and Grille.”
Most of the boats have returned to the Sweetwater Performance Center and Marina, the event’s host venue. Led by longtime Four Horsemen organizer Shannon Radtke, the events of the evening starting with a casual dinner—with all social distancing restrictions in place—are just getting started.
“The run was fantastic,” said returning Four Horsemen participant Glenn Kennedy, the owner of a spectacular Outerlimits SV 43 sportboat. “The water great—and the boat was fast.”
Though the final amount has yet to be determined, proceeds from the event will go to the Christine Anne Center for Domestic Abuse Services in Oshkosh.
Said Ryan Johnson (center) of his second Four Horsemen Poker Run, “It’s been a blast.”