Rolling on the River

Motor-boating shots off nubile coeds’ bodies is a Fort Liquordale spring-break rite of passage. This weekend’s other — more family-friendly — spring ritual is 100 percent motor free (though there is great potential for a wet T-shirt contest of sorts). The second-annual Rotary New River Raft Race is a mad dash along a one-and-a-half-mile route on downtown Fort Lauderdale’s New River. Racers paddle or otherwise self-propel their vessels (no motors allowed) as onlookers take aim with water guns and cannon. Leave the water balloons at home: This new incarnation of the River Raft Race is eco-friendly, unlike the original version you may remember from the ’70s through the ’90s. The event includes awards for most creative raft and “best pirate spirit,” plus kids’ activities and food and drink available for sale. The race is at 11 a.m. Saturday, and it leaves from Esplanade Park, located at 400 SW Second St. in Fort Lauderdale. The entry fee is $150 for a corporate raft and $50 for a nonprofit or individual raft. Event sponsor the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale asks each crew member to raise at least $25 for the 1090 Fund for college scholarships for local students. There’s no cost to watch the race. Call 954-448-5264, or visit newriverraftrace.com.
Sat., March 23, 11 a.m., 2013
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Tricia Woolfenden