This time of year, as we look ahead to the onslaught of the summer performance boating season with events such as the Desert Storm Poker Run and Tickfaw 200 Poker Run coming up next week and the following week in Arizona and Louisiana, event coverage—pre, live and post—tends to dictate much of my content here on OffshoreOnly.com and on Speedonthewater.com.
There aren’t many parts of the country that compare to the scenery of Lake Powell. Photo by Tom Leigh/Tommy Gun Images
That’s a good thing though. It showcases people using their boats and having a great time in the process at some of the coolest places around the country. And a majority of the time, there is money being raised for a good cause. One of those locations is the majestic Lake Powell—home to the incredibly charitable Lake Powell Challenge, which saw last year’s 10th annual event raise a jaw-dropping $447,000 for the JDRF Mountain Valley Chapter.
Whether that number is attainable again this year is yet to be determined, but after catching up with Amber McDaniel, the special events coordinator for Antelope Point Marina in Page, Ariz., it’s clear the enthusiasm of the team at the marina is as strong as ever, which is good to hear. I only say that because late last year I spoke with former Antelope Point Marina employees who said they planned to do a different event this summer, but I’ve yet to receive any official word, which is why nothing has been reported.
To that extent, the assumption is that the two popular events on the lake that borders Arizona and Utah and is part of the Colorado River—the Lake Powell Spring Fun Run (June 7-8) and the Lake Powell Challenge (Sept. 12-14)—are going to be better than ever.