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Thunder on Tholocco brings speed, Family fun to post

Mallory Genereaux with son, Rylen, play a tic-tac-toe yard game at last year’s race. Fort Rucker will host the eighth annual Thunder on Tholocco April 26 at West Beach. (Photo by Sara E. Martin)

Mallory Genereaux with son, Rylen, play a tic-tac-toe yard game at last year’s race. Fort Rucker will host the eighth annual Thunder on Tholocco April 26 at West Beach. (Photo by Sara E. Martin)

Published: April 24, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (April 24, 2014) -- With speeds reaching in excess of 100 mph, Thunder on Tholocco is sure to excite even the tamest of hearts.

The multi-class boat race returns to West Beach at Lake Tholocco April 26 and promises to bring entertainment for young and old that is sure to get people’s blood pumping, according to Kristi Fink, Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation special events coordinator.

“Thunder on Tholocco is a multi-boat, outboard drag boat race, and two boats usually go head-to-head on a linear race track on the lake,” she said. “This is our eighth time having the race and we’re really excited to have this event come back to Fort Rucker.”

The gate will open at 9 a.m., and the races will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the gate, and the event is open to the public. Children 12 and younger get in free.

These high-performance boats last graced Lake Tholocco’s waters in 2013 when seven different classes of boats took to the water, Fink said. The same seven classes are expected to participate this year. The different classes are river racers, unlimited, pro-mod, bass and skeet,V-6, pro-max bass and skeet, and pro-drag.

There will also be paddle boats in the swimming enclosure for Families to try out during the breaks between races. Families and friends can also participate in kayak and canoe races to test their speed on the waters of Tholocco, as well, she added.

There will be a couple of inflatables for children to play on, and since swimming will not be permitted, one of the inflatables is a slip and slide so the kids can get wet, Fink said.

People are encouraged to bring their blankets and lawn chairs to sit and watch the races, and food vendors will be on-hand to sate any appetites that arise from all the excitement, she said.

In order to keep the beach area and waters safe for everyone, Fink reminds people that glass containers are not permitted on the lake and pets are not allowed on the beach.

“It will be a lot of fun! So, grab your Families or your buddies and come watch a day of adrenaline-filled drag boat races!”

For tickets, call 255-1749.

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