Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Bringing Back APBA-Sanctioned Kilo Runs

Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Bringing Back APBA-Sanctioned Kilo Runs

For the second consecutive year, the 36th annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri will host a sanctioned kilo race before its traditional three-quarter-mile contest on Sunday morning (August 25, 2024), the second day of the popular powerboat event that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for local nonprofit groups.

Tyler Miller and Myrick Coil piloted their M CON/Monster Energy Super Cat-class Skater Powerboats catamaran to an average speed of 140.55 mph during the 2023 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout kilo run competition. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

According to a press release from the organizers of the Shootout, the kilo runs—out-and-back, average speed, kilometer-distance races that are being put together in collaboration with the Union Internationale Motonautique and the American Power Boat Association—are going to precede Sunday’s traditional unsanctioned races.

Leah Martin, executive director for the Shootout, said that spectators in town for the weeklong event, which includes RC boat races, a street party, a poker run, Make-A-Wish charity boat rides and more, will once again be able to watch as records for internationally recognized speed titles are attempted at the Lake of the Ozarks.

She added that the 2023 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout welcomed its first-ever kilo races, which, unlike the event’s unsanctioned races that use radar equipment to measure the top speed obtained at the end of a 3/4-mile course, are speed runs based upon the average time between two survey points marked by buoys. An average kilo speed from buoy to buoy is collected from the two passes made in opposite directions.

“We were very pleased with last year’s record-setting kilo races and anticipate even more records being broken with new records set in 2024,” Martin said in the release. “Now that we have our first year of hosting this sanctioned event under our belt, we foresee a much smoother transition from unsanctioned to sanctioned races this August. Since last year, we have fine-tuned several aspects of the kilo runs, including a move to host the kilo races on Sunday morning versus in the (afternoon), which will allow us to ensure ample time for unexpected delays within our (Missouri State Highway Patrol) Water Patrol Division-approved regatta permit window.

“In addition to this, we will start the kilo runs in the opposite direction (downstream versus upstream) as the Shootout’s regular, unsanctioned runs,” she continued. “We are changing the course in this way to allow for a larger turning radius for racers who are preparing for their second pass.”

Regarding the sanctioning rights for the kilo races, Martin said the Shootout is applying for club sanctioning with the APBA.

“The American Power Boat Association is pleased to again take part in the biggest performance boating event in the world,” said Rich Luhrs, APBA Offshore Commission Chairman, in the release. “The Shootout will continue to produce true UIM/APBA world records–the internationally recognized speed titles. This LOTO-based event has epitomized excellence in organization, promotion and state-of-the-art course management, and we look forward to continuing our long and mutually rewarding relationship.”

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