Tulsa's Great Raft Race 2016: Around 800 participate, make homemade rafts on Labor Day

Posted at 2:50 PM, Sep 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-06 15:52:59-04

TULSA - They came, they built rafts and they raced down the Arkansas River this Labor Day Weekend in Tulsa.

The “they” we are referring to is the 800 people who participated in Tulsa’s Great Raft Race for the second year in a row since the last race in 1991. 

Race Director Seth Erkenbeck said 200 vessels sailed the river on Monday, 120 of the rafts were homemade and the others were kayaks, canoes and other means of travel.

Erkenbeck went on to say that the fastest kayak made it in less than two hours.

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While a specific number of spectators could not be given, Erkenbeck estimated possibly thousands were there to watch the race.