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Racers gear up for Tulsa's Great Raft Race down the Arkansas River

Posted at 7:17 AM, Sep 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 09:08:22-04

TULSA — Racers will test their craftsmanship on Labor Day as they try to make it down the Arkansas River for Tulsa's Great Raft Race.

Hundreds of creative, colorful and hopefully buoyant rafts will be put to the test.

Teams spend hours making their rafts from scratch.

Painting, hammering, and gluing pieces together and doing whatever it takes to make sure the raft floats.

Art students at McLain High School spent weeks after class working on their rafts but with a few hurdles along the way.

"With the black panther, our challenges have been how sturdy he can be," said Kayla Bonham. "Also we're needing to make sure we're working diligently because he needs to dry but then we'll also need to add more paper mache to it. Really our time management is what we've really been working on here."

Bonham believes her kids have done what they need to do to make it the eight miles down the river, but only time will tell.

The first wave of races start at 8 a.m. with launches every thirty minutes.

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