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Chill—that’s the watch word for next weekend’s 2016 Jacksonville River Rally Fun Run. Photo courtesy/copyright Yvonne Aleman.

Let’s face it: High-energy, adrenaline-pumping poker runs won’t be in short supply this summer. In fact, if you wanted to join one every weekend—and had none of those pesky details such as a day job or kids and such to attend to during the week—you could hit the road right now with your boat in tow and find a great poker run every weekend from now until the end of August. In fact, you’d even have to make (gulp) choices as between now and Labor Day Weekend there are at least two worthwhile events on most weekends in various parts of the country.

But what if you want something really laid back this season? What if you’re after something a little more low-key than the average pulse-pounding blast between card stops?

By most accounts—and I can’t speak from personal experience because I haven’t done it—next weekend’s Jackson River Rally Fun Run is as mellow and laid back as they come. And this year’s event on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Fla., will be particularly chill as the event, which in years past has included a poker run with most of the proceeds going to Camp Amigo (an annual summer camp for children healing from the physical and emotional scars of severe burn injuries), really is a fun run. No cards will be played, no poker hands displayed at the end of the day.

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