What happens if there is not water in the river?

Tulsa’s Great Raft race is dependent upon mother nature’s full support and cooperation, ensuring we have the water needed for a fun and safe race. In the event she doesn’t play nice and we are unable to secure a water sponsor, the event may be canceled. A full refund will be issued and as much notice as possible given to participants.

Where is packet pick up and what is included in the packet?

Packet pick up location will be announced in August. The week before the race all race participants are required to pick up their packet, sign the Raft Race waiver,  and pick up their swag!  Included is your official 2016 Raft Race participant shirt and coupons and special offers from our partners.

Where is the start line?

All racers will start at Sand Springs River City Park (2500 S River City Park Road, Sand Springs, OK 74063).  The main road you will be exiting from into the park is W. Wekiwa Road. See maps for more detail.

Where is the finish line?

From the start, racers will float 8 miles down the river to the finish line boat ramp at River West Festival Park (2105 S. Jackson Ave, Tulsa, OK 74107).  This is where Oktoberfest is held.  See maps for more detail.

When does the race start?

The event will open at 7 a.m. on Monday (9/3) at Sand Springs River City Park. Wave launches will begin at 8 a.m. and launch every 30 minutes. Participants will receive an email with your wave number and time. A safety talk will be happening every hour on the hour by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and is required before entering the river.

When does the race end?

Float time on the river can take anywhere from 2 – 5 hours.

When and where is The Finish Line Festival?

The Finish Line Festival will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at River West Festival Park on the west bank of the Arkansas river in Tulsa. This is the same location as Oktoberfest.

When and where do I check-in?

All homemade rafts are required to drop their rafts Sunday starting at 11 a.m. i n River City Park. We will do raft drop off and check­-in in waves Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. You will be notified of your drop-off time via email before the race; it will coordinate with your wave time. The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be performing their vessel safety check at this time.

How does the boat launch work?

You will stage your raft in the staging area just above the boat ramp 30 minutes to 1 hour before your wave launch.  For example, if your wave time is 10:00 a.m., you will go to the 8:30 safety talk, then move your raft to the staging area at 9:00 a.m. above the boat ramp.  When the 9:30 wave launches you will move from the staging area down the boat ramp from 9:30 to 10:00 to be prepared for your mass start 10:00 wave launch.

Is the race timed? Are there awards for winners?

Yes, the race will be timed this year. We will have two race categories, one for canoes, kayaks, SUPs, inflatable rafts, and the second for homemade rafts. We will also pick a winner for best raft theme/costumes.

Where do I park as a participant?

See maps for more information

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Where can I park as a spectator?

See maps for more information

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What if there is inclement weather?

If we experience bad weather or lightning, the race could be canceled or delayed. If we have a weather delay or lightning strikes while you’re on the river, safety boaters will notify you and you will pull to the bank out of the water. We will resume the race 30 min after the last lightning strike within 10 miles. If you haven’t launched yet, the wave launches will be delayed until 30 min after the last strike within 10 miles.

Do I have to have a life jacket?

Yes. A coast guard approved life jacket is required for everyone entering the river and must remain on the entire time you are on the river.

How do I register?

Go to the registration tab and click the register button.  You will be taken out of our site to the Great Raft Race IM Athlete page.

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Do I have to have a team to register?

Any team size is allowed from a single participant and above. Please remember MAX RAFT SIZE RESTRICTION IS 12 ft x 16 ft.

Are there activities for kids?

There will be a kid zone at the end of the race during The Finish Line Festival.

Where can I buy/pick up my shirt?

Participant shirts that are included with registration will be included at packet pickup the week before the race.  All other shirts and merchandise purchased will be mailed out at the end of each month it is purchased in.

Do I have to make my own raft?

No! Canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, inflatable rafts are allowed.  If you think it will float,  it is probably allowed.  MAX RAFT SIZE RESTRICTION IS 12 ft x 16 ft.

How do I register a team?

Go to the registration page and click the register button. You will be taken out of our site to the Great Raft Race IM Athlete page. A TEAM CAPTAIN MUST FIRST REGISTER HIMSELF AND THE TEAM NAME. THE TEAM CAPTAIN HAS THE OPTION TO REGISTER THE REST OF YOUR TEAM with THE NEEDED INFO LISTED ON THE REGISTRATION TAB. IF YOU ARE JOINING A TEAM MAKE SURE TO SIGN UP UNDER THE CORRECT TEAM NAME.

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Are pets allowed at the after party?

No pets are allowed.

What will the water level be?

Approximate river depth for the length of the race is 4.5 ft.  The river varies greatly in depth, and some areas could be as shallow as 2 ft.

Will there be a shuttle from the start line?

No shuttles or transportation will be provided. Please make necessary arrangements.

Can I bring alcohol?

  • No alcohol consumption or glass is allowed in Sand Springs River City Park.  This will be strictly enforced by local authorities.
  • Low point beer will be allowed on the river during the race.  We are in accordance with Oklahoma Boating Laws, and a designated vessel operator is required. This is a family-friendly event, and there is a zero-tolerance policy towards over consumption. The Tulsa County Sherriff’s office will be patrolling the race route and is encouraged to strictly enforce this policy to ensure the safety of all participants.
  • No glass is allowed on the river.  You are responsible for disposing of all of your trash at the take out.
  • Alcohol will be available for purchase at The Finish Line Festival.

Is there a place for me to leave my things?

No, so please plan accordingly and secure your belongings either in your car or with someone.

How can I get involved?

Find out more about sponsorship and volunteering.

Can I load / unload my raft from a trailer directly to the water?

No, your team must be able to hand carry your raft at river entry and exit.

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