All day tomorrow over on the Hudson River is the 22nd Annual Running of the Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition. Dozens of tugboats will be cruising up and down the river, with races, nose-to-nose pushing competitions, and a number of other challenges and contests between the boats and their crews. There’s also things on for spectators, most notably a spinach-eating content in Popeye’s honor. (There’s a Wikipedia article on the whole event that’ll give you the full history…)
The main viewing area is on Pier 84, and that’s where all the shore parts of the day will be taking place. Here’s the schedule, per the flyer:
10:00 AM Parade of tugs from Pier 84 to the start line.
10:30 AM: Race starts – From South of 79th Street Boat Basin (near Pier I) to Pier 84.
11 AM: Nose to nose pushing contests and line toss competition.
Noon: Tugs tie up to Pier 84 for lunch and awards ceremony. Exhibits, amateur line toss, spinach eating contest
1 PM: Awards ceremony. Tugs depart at about 2 PM.
And if watching from the shore isn’t exciting enough for you, Circle Line Cruises will have a spectator boat in amongst the action. It looks like tickets are still available – $25 for adults, $12 for children – so scoop those up if you can.
The weather isn’t looking too nice for tomorrow unfortunately, but it should still be a good day out on the water.