Organized by the Mid-Atlantic Powerboat Association, the eighth annual F. Wayne McLesky, Jr., Memorial Powerboating For A Cure Poker Run scheduled for July 8-10 has filled all 75 powerboat slots. According to a press release from the organization, the event in Virginia Beach, Va., sold out three weeks after registration opened and is expected to attract approximately 350 participants. A waiting list can be accessed via the registration on the MAPA website.
According to the press release, the poker run course has changed this year.
Organizers for the Powerboating For A Cure Poker Run have another sell-out on their hands. Photo courtesy Powerboating For A Cure Poker Run.
“We are running a little more north in the James River up to King’s Mill (Williamsburg) and a little further South in to the ocean and around to Rudee Inlet for a stop at Rudee’s On the Inlet Restaurant,” said Bob Veith, the event chairman, in the release. “The longer of the two courses is approximately 135 miles. You will experience the calmness of the river, the chop of the bay and the excitement of the ocean.”
The popular poker run has raised more than $230,000 for breast cancer research during the past seven years, with the monies raised donated to the Susan G. Komen For The Cure nonprofit organization. In addition, the event has raised more than $35,000 for the Associated General Contractors scholarship program, which was set up to honor the legacy of McLesky, a well-known businessman and beloved powerboat enthusiast in the area who died 2012.
For a look at some of the action from the 2015 event, check out the slideshow above.
The weekend-long event features a variety of activities, starting with a casual fun run on Friday afternoon and a silent auction that begins that evening. Friday’s events also include a bikini contest and an Italian dinner buffet courtesy of sponsor Ynot Pizza. After Saturday’s poker run and the donation to the Komen organization, participants will celebrate and enjoy a complete barbecue dinner.