Freaky Kon-Tiki raft race in Hampton August 26

Freaky Kon-Tiki raft race in Hampton August 26

Freaky Kon-Tiki raft race in Hampton August 26

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on August 22, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 1:23 PM

HAMPTON -- On Sunday, August 26, head to Mill Point Park in downtown Hampton for the Third annual Freaky Kon-Tiki!  The river raft race, presented by 30th annual Hampton Bay Days, allows a team of five people to build a raft on-site and race other contestants around a course in the Hampton River. 

The fun begins at 9:30 a.m. in Mill Point Park with raft construction. All rafts must be homemade and all rafts will be inspected prior to launching. In addition, all rafts must be human propelled and self-propelled. No power is available and no generators can be used in construction of the rafts. There is a $100 maximum for the amount allowed on building materials and teams MUST bring receipts (pre-approved household recyclables do not count towards $100 maximum).

The first heat of the day is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Teams can be comprised by as many as five people, however, no more than two people can be on the raft while the rest of the team helps move the raft to the finish line. After the start, the rafts will proceed around the course with each heat being timed. The best times of all heats will go into the final.

Cost to enter the Third annual Freaky Kon-Tiki is $25 per team until August 22. After August 22, teams can register up until the day of the event for $40. And you have to be at least 21 to race.

Spectators are welcome to come out and join the fun free-of-charge! There will be live music in Mill Point Park, as well as food and libations available for purchase from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

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