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Highlights from the 1000 Islands Charity Poker Run Lunch Stop

So far so good for the inaugural 1000 Islands Charity Poker Run in Clayton, N.Y. The first leg of the run was a success following a couple of days of pre-party fun leading up to the 120-mile poker run that ran from Clayton to Ogdensburg and back this morning.

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Aqua-Mania, Rick Merola and Gregg Rosen’s turbine-powered 52-foot MTI, came out for the 1000 Islands Charity Poker Run. All photos by Jason Johnson/Speedonthewater.com

Following today’s lunch at Frink Memorial Park in Clayton, the sold-out 70-boat fleet is heading to Cape Vincent now and returning to the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel for the conclusion and post-run party.

From a boat variety standpoint, the event has a little of everything represented. Catamarans from the likes of MTI, Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats, Skater Powerboats and Spectre Powerboats joined V-bottoms from Cigarette Racing Team, Baja Marine, Donzi Marine, Formula Boats, Fountain Powerboats, Hustler Powerboats, Nor-Tech, Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats and Sunsation Boats. And of course center consoles from Nor-Tech, MTI and more showed up for the poker run.

Check out the slideshow above for more photos from the poker run taken from inside Sandman, Dave Weschler’s Outerlimits 39 Quatro.

All of the comments I’ve heard so far have been positive, including a glowing review from MTI’s Tim Gallagher, who was riding in Ken Lalonde’s 48-foot MTI catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing 1350 engines.

“The guys behind this event have done a remarkable job for a first-year poker run,” Gallagher said. “The venue is great and the people are cool. I can see this event becoming pretty popular and selling out right away.”

Look for a full recap from the event on speedonthewater.com tomorrow with photos from the professional photographer on the speedonthewater.com team, Pete Boden.

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