Registration for the Jacksonville River Rally and Poker Run, which is set for May 14-17 opened this morning. The Northwest Florida event, which raises money for Camp Amigo, is limited to 50 entries this year.
With just 50 slots open, the 2020 Jacksonville River Rally and Poker Run will fill quickly. Photos courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
“As our event has grown, we have realized that we can provide a better overall experience by limiting participation,” said Yvonne Aleman, who co-organizes the St. Johns River-based happening with Greg Harris, her longtime boyfriend. “We have dockage, venue-capacity and cost of insurance constraints, and 50 boats seems to be the sweet spot where it is still manageable for the two of us to handle. Therefore, the 2020 event will be limited to 50 registered boats, plus sponsor boats.”
Though Aleman and Harris are still working on card stop and lunch destinations—and the event’s website will be updated as those arrangements are finalized—an event schedule for the event is already posted to the site. Previous Jacksonville runs organized by the couple have attracted go-fast boating enthusiasts from around the country, and the event has grown steadily since they took up the organizational reins several years ago.
“Our goal is to cover expenses, as we did last year, and still raise about $20,000 for Camp Amigo,” said Aleman. “We would like to keep our expectations realistic, especially with an increase in operating costs such insurance, dining and so on.”
Garmin in association with Electronics Unlimited have signed on as the presenting sponsors for the event. Other sponsorship opportunities are still open.
“Mystic is our first in-water sponsor to commit,” said Aleman.
Editor’s Note: Yvonne Aleman and Greg Harris are co-organizers of the annual Speedonthewater.com/Offshoreonly.com Key West Bash, which raised for Samuel’s House, a nonprofit shelter that serves women and intact families in the Florida destination city.
Mystic is already committed as a sponsor of the 2020 Jacksonville River Rally and Poker Run.
Editor’s Note: Yvonne Aleman and Greg Harris are co-organizers of the annual Speedonthewater.com/Offshoreonly.com Key West Bash, which raises funds for Samuel’s House, a nonprofit shelter that serves homeless women and intact families in the Florida destination city.
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