Press Advisory 9/16/15 For Immediate Release
This year the Quincy 5 Miler river race will award the Allie Lymenstull Cup, to be presented to the fastest boat each year in the race run along Quincy’s historic water race course from Knapheide Landing to the finish line at South Side Boat Club on Saturday 9/19/2015. The race starts at Knapheide Landing boat ramp (Canton Chute boat launch) at 11am and runs about 5 miles including a section along Quincy’s riverfront on QuIncy Bay.
The cup was created to honor Allie’s contribution to local river life. He was a frequent commentator for news reporters who always had an opinion on hot topics including conservation issues like whether creation of “The Cut” caused the silting in of Quincy Bay.
Allie Lymenstull was also a talented second generation Quincy South Side Boat Club Rower who regularly competed in local and regional races. Like many of his generation he served in WWII and after the war he went on to become a fixture in local river life including serving on the executive committee of South Side Boat Club for over forty years. This year’s race will include a tribute to Allie during the awards ceremony after the race in the historic South Side Boat Club located at 640 S. Front Avenue.
Lymenstull died in 2012 but not before he asked that the rowing tradition return to Quincy. His wish was the inspiration for 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 that Allie loved.”
The first rowing race on Quincy Bay was held in 1872. Thousands of fans cheered on the racers who competed for gold and cash prizes. These races bring that tradition back to Quincy on the third weekend of every September.
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 tshirt, 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 www.quincy5miler.com 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.