Press Advisory 8/5/15

Press Advisory 8/5/15


For Immediate Release

Quincy 5 Miler Race to Award “Allie Lymenstull Cup” in Honor of Longtime Quincy Oarsman and River Enthusiast.


Quincy, IL- This year organizers of the Quincy 5 Miler river race, to be held September 19, 2015, announce creation of the Allie Lymenstull Cup, an award to be presented to the fastest rowing boat each year in the historic race that was created to honor Ally’s contribution to local river culture.


Allie Lymenstull was a second generation Quincy Rower and expert waterman active in the Quincy area wildlife and river recreational issues. He was a on the executive committee of Quincy’s South Side Boat Club  for decades and both he and his father were strong rowers back in the days when Quincy was known as a powerhouse in the national, and even international rowing competition scene.


Lymenstull died in 2012 but not before he asked that the rowing tradition return to Quincy. His wish was the inspiration for the creation of the first Quincy regatta in 64 years, The Quincy Five Miler, run on the historic Quincy race course on Quincy Bay.


Race Organizer Ray Thomas says, “This year the finish line will be right below the bridges on the river  at South Side Boat Club, 640 S. Front St. The races pass through “The Cut” from the main river and down along All America Park on Quincy Bay. The first Allie Lymenstull Cup to be awarded to the fastest rowboat in honor of longtime Quincy rower Allie Lymenstull


The race on Saturday is a fun race of just over five miles from Canton Chute Boat Launch aka Knapheide Landing and starts at 11am. “The faster racers will be passing by All America City Park, Kesler Park on Bonansinga Drive and Clat Adams Bicentennial Park on N. Front Street about 40 minutes after the start. The finish line is at the historic South Side Boat Club at the foot of Payson Avenue, 640 S. Front Street. “Thomas said. “Boats will be coming in until almost 2pm and it is a great time to look at the boats and talk to the racers, many of whom have competed in the Midwest’s biggest races like the Missouri 340.”


After the race check out the mother lode of racing trophies from Quincy’s past as a rowing powerhouse going back to the early 1900’s. Formed in 1886, the South Side Boat Club recruited Quincy boat crews for many years and held races and dances in the clubhouse. There are rumors the club made its money with slot machines and access to medicinal spirits for provision to Quincyans during Prohibition. Back then Quincy watermen and women dominated races up and down the river, achieving a national championship in 1904 and second place in the world cup championship in international competition in 1934.


On Sunday the Bear Creek Grunt, a 15 mile river adventure race starts at 10am at Bear Creek Boat Landing which is on the road to Meyer and the Canton Ferry on the Illinois side. Just go out North Bottom Road and follow the signs to the race start. Racers will be passing by the Quincy waterfront about 11:30.


“We encourage anyone with a boat to come on down and race. We have a shuttle back to the start for each race so everyone can leave their car at the start.”

The entry is $25 for one race, $40 for both and includes a t-shirt, goody bag and prizes to the winners of each class.


Race registration is open to anyone with a boat who wants to race right up to the race start. Go to to learn more or visit the Facebook page quincy5miler.


To learn more contact race organizer Ray Thomas 503- 704- 2133.  Race representatives will be available for interviews.

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