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    Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce

    222 W Sixth St., PO Box 26

    Junction City, KS 66441

    Phone: 785-762-2632


  • "To promote community and ensure a thriving environment in the Junction City Region"

  • Float Your Boat...  & Other Races! 

    August 12, 2017


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  • Upcoming Events


  • Saturday August 12

    The Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals of Junction City has planned a full day of activities on Saturday, August 12th. To kick off the day, meet at Dedication Point on Milford Lake at 8 a.m. as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Milford Lake Dam with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a special ceremony. Next, head below the dam to the Gather Pond, where the rest of the days activities will take place, including a 5K run/walk, a Bicycle race to compete for $4,000 prize money, and the 7th year of Float Your Boat Cardboard Boat Races!

  • Location of the race - The Gathering Pond, below the Milford Lake Dam

    Float Your Boat 5K Run/Walk

      Enjoy the scenic views of the gathering pond and river walk   trail as you complete the race! This will be on wide trail and pavement surfaces, and the route will be clearly marked along the way. More details and registration open below. Please join us before and after the race for other fun activities such as a bicycle rodeo and free helmet give away for kids, The JC Challenge Bicycle race, and the Float Your Boat Cardboard Boat Races!Click to register here




    Early Registration (Before 8.5.17): $20* 

    Later Registration (On or after 8.5.17 until Race Day): $30*

     Pricing includes a T-shirt. Please enter your size while registering for the race.


    5K Age Group Awards

    Youth: 8th Grade and Below, High School Age, 18 - 40, 41+

    Top Male and Female in each category will receive a prize. 


    Packet Pick-Up

    Wednesday, August 9, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce, 222 W. 6th Street

    Thursday, August 10 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce, 222 W. 6th Street 

    Friday, August 11  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce, 222 W. 6th Street


    Schedule of Race Day

    8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Race Day Packet pick up and same day registration at Milford Lake Gathering Pond

    10:30 a.m. 5K Race

    12:30 a.m. (approx.) Awards Ceremony


    Online Registration : Click to register here

  • JC Challenge Bicycle Race

    Many of our great road courses are on or near our State Parks and reservoirs. Lake Perry, Olsburg, and now Milford Lake. The Junction City Challenge is no exception and the road course is phenomenal. Long sweeping uphills and downhills with fantastic slow. With distances, shorter than your typical road race the race will have more of a circuit race feel on the 10 mile loop. The race is held in conjunction with the Miflord Lake float your boat contest! After the awards ceremony watch handmade boats made out of cardboard and duct tape float or sink! Keep this date on your calendar as we grow this event into a multi-day bike and sports festival!

     Come out and race beautiful Milford, Lake next to Junction City. Then race the KS State Road race the next day in nearby Salina, KS

    • Largest single day prize list in KS at $4000

    • A 1.5x  KBAR Event

    • A unique up-n-down race course

    Some of the smoothest roads in Kansas and the course either went uphill or downhill.

    #junctioncitychallenge - more info on revoluntion-racing.com/junction-city-challenge-junctioncitychallenge/

  • Float Your Boat - Are you ready to "Rock the Boat"? Build a boat out of only cardboard and duct tape that is capable of holding at least two people, which can be launched and paddles on a set course and you could win! Anyone can build a boat, but we hope it floats! No entry fee, just show up with your team and your boat! See details below for rules and regulations.

    Float Your Boat Rules & Regulations

    Racing Divisions:  Family, Teen, Open and Extreme

    No Pre-Registration Required - Just show up with your team and your boat!

    1.  Time on Site

    All boats must be on site between 11:00 a.m. and Noon.  Boats will be on display for public viewing and judging will be done.  Team members are responsible for the security and safety of their boat.  Racing begins at 2:00 p.m.

    2.  Safety
    All occupants of the boat MUST wear life jackets and must wear them properly.  Any team member not wearing a life jacket will cause the boat and all team members to be disqualified.  Teams are responsible for bringing life jackets.  A few life jackets will be available for loaners.

    3.  Boat Materials
    The boat will consist of only cardboard and duct tape/packaging tape.  Any type of cardboard is allowed.  All types of duct tapes are allowed.  NO OTHER MATERIALS CAN BE USED.  NO WATER SOLUBLE PAINTS.

    4.  Racing
    Boats can only be raced in one division, with the exception of the Family Division.  In the Family Division, different family members are allowed to race their boat as long as they race in the Family Division.  Boats are not allowed to be raced in multiple divisions.

    5.  Teams
    Teams consist of two persons per boat, except for the Extreme Division, which can be between four and six persons.

    6.  Division Guidelines

    At least one person in the boat must be over 18 years of age.  Teams in the Family Division must be related, guardian, Big Brother/Big Sister or temporary custody.

    Teen:  No person can be in the boat under 13 years of age or over 18 years of age.

    Open:  Open to all, though one person in the boat must be 18 years of age.

    Extreme:  All persons must be over 18 years of age and have at least four persons in the boat.  In this division, teams can have up to six persons in the boat.

    7.  Boat Design
    Rafts are NOT allowed.  All boats must have front, rear and side walls of at least 18 inches.  Walls do not have to be straight vertical.  No minimum length of boat, though maximum is 18 feet.  All boat occupants must be visible while in the boat racing.

    8.  Propulsion
    No Fred Flintstone type of boat allowed.  Boats must be powered by paddles/oars only.  Legs and feet are not allowed for propulsion.  No wind/solar power devices.  No engines.  ONLY ROWING WITH PADDLES/OARS ALLOWED.  Teams are allowed to use any type of paddles or oars.  No team member can lay on back or stomach while racing.

    9.  Qualifying
    To qualify in racing, all team members must be in the boat when crossing the finish line.  Boats are racing against the clock.

    10.  Post Race
    Each team member must assist in the removal of their boat after racing.  Boats must be removed from the water.

    11.  Judging
    Boats will be judged on design, quality of construction, aesthetics, floating in water when empty, floating in water with one person in the boat, floating in water with entire team in the boat, and time of race