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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Cooler temperatures made Great Race enjoyable

  • With cooler temps, the annual Great Race, held annually at Woods Park, was even more enjoyable this year.


    "This is the best weather we've ever had for the Great Race," said Race Master Jack Potucek.
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  • By Amber Schmitz
    The Wellington Daily News
    With cooler temps, the annual Great Race, held annually at Woods Park, was even more enjoyable this year.
    "This is the best weather we've ever had for the Great Race," said Race Master Jack Potucek.
    This year's race was dedicated to Bob Weir, who worked tirelessly for many years to assure the success of the relay. Weir is now retired from the list of active race officials, but served as Course Marshall on the canoe segments of the race, as well as the head load master, assuring the 150 team members got onto transports and delivered to their proper locations of the course. Weir still helps with the Great Race from his vantage point at The Hardware Store.
    On the race map was written "Thank you, Bob, for all you have, and continue to do, to make the Slate Creek Relay a safe and enjoyable event."
    Walking around the race, I could tell what a fun, family-friendly, safe event it is! From running events, to motocross, horse races, biking races and canoes, it's a lot of fun to participate or enjoy as a spectator. A wide variety of people were in attendance, from the older generation, younger generation, children, and even dogs.
    "It's a lot of fun, this is the second time I've done it (canoeing) for Gov's Bandits," John Bales, participant, said. "I did it a long time ago for Mayflower."
    The race officials ensure the safety of the participants by blocking off areas and having law enforcement on hand to direct traffic, as well as making sure all participants and spectators remain safe.
    The Tijuana Taxi was there serving brisket tacos, pulled pork tacos and quesadillas. A snow cone stand was also available.
    The Greeno Flamouts team has participated since the relay's inception over 30 years ago. They won first place in 1979 and second place in 1978.
    "I've been doing it for five years, and this is the coolest it's ever been and the highest the creek has ever been," Ken McEntire, participant for the Greeno Flameouts, said. "It's another great year. The Greeno Flameouts have been participating every year since the beginning."
    This year the Dore Enchies won first place, with a time of ? They have won first place in 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
    After the race ended, teams had tailgate parties, with Brad Ewing providing music. See you next year at the Great Race!
        

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