While their fellow performance-boat enthusiasts to the north battled rough conditions in the Boyne Thunder and Blast The Bay poker runs last Saturday, participants in the eighth annual F. Wayne McLesky, Jr., Memorial Powerboating For A Cure Poker Run in Virginia enjoyed calm water throughout their same-day event. What’s more, they raised more than $40,000 for Susan G. Komen For The Cure, a nonprofit organization that funds cancer research and awareness programs.
The event also raised $5,000 for the Associated General Contractors Scholarship Fund.
Participants in the weekend-long event experienced ideal conditions—and raised more than $40,000 for a worthy cause. Photos courtesy/copyright Chuck Guthrie.
The run covered more than 200 miles for the 75 boats that made all the stops and attracted more than 300 participants. Weekend activities included a fun run on Friday, Saturday’s poker run, a bikini contest and five catered meals. Participants traveled from as far as Canada, Colorado, Illinois and New York to be part of the run, which is organized by the Mid-Atlantic Powerboat Association.
For more images from the F. Wayne McLesky, Jr., Memorial Powerboating For A Cure Poker Run check out the slideshow above.
“We had hot temperatures but absolutely perfect conditions,” said Mark Tuck, a longtime participant in Powerboating For A Cure who owns a 44-foot Outerlimits V-bottom. “The organizers did a tremendous job. It went off without a hitch. And there was an awesome group of people.
“There also was a really kick-ass red Outerlimits there,” he added.