Tulsa's Great Raft Race makes 2016 return; hundreds to gather for Labor Day event

Posted at 7:08 AM, Sep 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-05 18:50:37-04

Hundreds of rafts floated down the Arkansas River for Tulsa's Great Raft Race Monday.

A total of 200 teams signed up for for the 2016 race, which coordinators say means about 750 people are participating in the event.


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One man says his brother spent 120 hours building the raft. Jim Rothrock says him and his brother participated last year, but today, they're expecting the boat to have more power.

"We've but a fire pump off a brush rig on here and we can pump 80 gallons of water a minute at 100 pounds, and we intend to clean them all up."

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Participants raced for eight miles down the river. This marks the second year the race has returned after the race was canceled in 1991.

Here is the list of 2016 winners:


1. Team Raj (1:14)

2. Purple People Eaters (1:20)

3. Heatwave Floaters (1:24)

Corporate Challenge

1. Zeeco (2:48)

2. Yale Cleaners (2:59)

3. Matrix Services (3:21)


1. KKT Architects (2:13)

2. Buffington Company (2:46)

3. Resourceful One (2:49)

Corporate Challenge Design Winner:

Yale Cleaners

Design Winner:

Royal Outdoors

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