Due to a wet spring in the Peace Region, which has resulted in high waters, the annual Capstan Hauling Rat 200 Jet Boat Race has altered their route for this year’s event.
The race is set for this weekend and unstable river banks has led organizers to eliminating the Smoky River portion.
“We’ve been checking the rivers daily. We look at how high the river banks have been flooded, we’ve watched how the river has come down,” Penny Batt explained, member of the Jet Boat Race Committee. “We did make a decision, because of the safety of the racers and the timers, to eliminate the Smoky River from our race plan… we decided we would take two days on the Wapiti River.”
“We have a safety guy just to make sure everything’s safe, have backup plans. [We] check for debris, it’s always the run-off from the mountains this time of year, so we watch for that,” Batt added.
Races begin Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and will go through O’Brien Park on the way to Wapiti Gardens.
The Show and Shine takes place Friday from 5-8 p.m. in the parking lot of the Den Pub & Carvery.
(Photo courtesy of the 200 Jet Boat Race’s Facebook page)