With the Wounded Warrior Project as its benefitting charity and a night in Nashville, Tenn., on the agenda, the third annual Old Hickory Fun Run—July 31-August 2—opened registration this morning. Last year, the Tennessee Powerboat Club-organized event attracted approximately 80 high-performance catamarans and V-bottoms and reportedly raised $30,000 for Centerstone Children and Family Services, a nonprofit provider of family mental health and substance-addiction treatment services.
Last year’s Friday night Old Hickory Fun party featured two Marine Technology, Inc., catamarans (one pictured here) in front of the Rock Bottom Brewery in Nashville. This year the organizers are hoping for even more go-fast boats on the street.
“My goal this year is reach the $50,000 range for the Wounded Warrior Project,” said Chad Collier, the lead organizer for the event. “That is as good a charity as there is around these days. Our other goal is to get some of the guys and gals in the program to come and take boat rides, the kind they never had before, with us.”
The weekend will festivities will begin Friday with a fun/lunch run to Nashville. Participation will be limited to the first 50 people to register.
“We have enough space for 60 boats—10 sponsor boats and 50 participant boats,” said Collier. “The first 50 registrants are guaranteed a place on the Friday fun run. So get your registrations in early. The first 50 paid are in.”
Friday evening will continue in last year’s tradition with a party at The Roof at Rock Bottom Brewery. (The event attracted an estimated 300 people in 2014.) However, Collier said he is hoping to expand the display of go-fast boats in front of the venue.
“Last year, we had two MTIs,” he said. “This year, I am going to have three or four boats there. John Woodruff is planning on bring Windship (a 48′ MTI catamaran) and Win Farnsworth told me he is going to try to bring Low Altitude (a 50′ Mystic cat).
“If he does, I’ll have to bring my 50′ Mystic,” he added, then chuckled.
Based on Old Hickory Lake, the relatively short 50-mile Saturday fun run will include its traditional raft-up and pizza lunch—with pizzas delivered to each registered boat—on Drake’s Creek, as well as a party at Anchor High Marina that evening. Collier said he has something special in the works for entertainment during the raft-up this year.
“We’re not sure who it will be just yet, but we will have a houseboat with the infrastructure to put on an on-water concert,” he said.
Editor’s Note: To register for the 2015 Old Hickory Fun Run, click here.