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The Joy of June

During the recent Desert Storm Poker Run Street Party I met Burl Griswold and Brianne Norris of the Lake Powell Challenge, the incredible JDRF fundraiser that’s been hosted by Antelope Point Marina the last seven years and raised close to $1 million, and they informed me that they’re organizing the first annual Lake Powell Spring Fun Run (June 10-11) with proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association.

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The second annual Erie Poker Run in Pennsylvania will take place June 10-12. Photo by Tim Sharkey/Sharkey-Images.com

That was pretty cool news in my opinion, especially because June can be such a beautiful time of year on the scenic Colorado River-fed that borders Arizona and Utah. Recalling that the month of June is always a busy one for performance boaters—heck, I even wrote two OSO columns about it: No June Gloom Here and One Wild Weekend in June—I opened up the “Road Trip” story in the Speed On The Water November/December 2015 digital magazine (click the link to download the issue for free) that included an events calendar.

I counted 11 different poker runs—and that didn’t include a handful of events we didn’t know about when the issue went live, including the Lake Powell Spring Fun Run, the Cigarette Racing Owners’ Rendezvous (June 17-19) hosted by Performance Boat Center in Osage Beach, Mo., and the Jacksonville River Rally and Fun Run (June 9-11) that was recently revived by a few boaters who couldn’t stand to see it go. I’m also not counting any forms of racing, just recreational events. That’s a lot, and the best part is, most if not all of the events are worth attending.

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