$1,000 prize offered in Jet Ski Racing Corporate Challenge, entrants invited

Pro Watercross Tour, location not specified, pre-2015 | Photo courtesy of Pro Watercross Tour, St. George News

HURRICANE — As a way to celebrate the arrival of the 2015 Pro Watercross Tour, the St. George Tourism Office is inviting local businesses and organizations to race along the same track during the Jet Ski Racing Corporate Challenge, June 26 at Sand Hollow State Park.

Athlete races during the 2014 Pro Watercross Tour, location unspecified, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Pro Watercross Tour, St. George News
Athlete races during the 2014 Pro Watercross Tour, location unspecified, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Pro Watercross Tour, St. George News

The winning corporate challenge team will receive a Pro Watercross plaque, trophy and the grand prize check of $1,000. Space is limited to 25 four-person teams.

“This corporate racing challenge will be an unforgettable experience,” Joe Newman, a marketing specialist with the St. George Tourism Office, said. “It’s not every day that you get the freedom to push the pedal to the metal on souped-up racing machines.”

During the corporate challenge, participants will experience the thrill of opening up the throttle on supercharged Yamaha personal watercraft. Each member of the four-person teams will get two opportunities to pilot around the pro track.

Pro Watercross Tour, location not specified, pre-2015 | Photo courtesy of Pro Watercross Tour, St. George News
Pro Watercross Tour, location not specified, pre-2015 | Photo courtesy of Pro Watercross Tour, St. George News

Registration is $400 and can be completed by calling the St. George Tourism Office at 435-986-6614.

The challenge will be followed by the national stop of the 2015 Pro Watercross Tour on June 27-28.

The tour promises to impress spectators with closed course races that attract some of the world’s top watercraft athletes. The fierce battle has competitors navigating buoys and obstacles, all while reaching speeds of more than 85 mph.

In addition to the races, the tour will also feature a heart-pounding freestyle segment, during which a panel of judges will evaluate each trick and acrobatic stunt during the athletes’ two-minute routines.

“This is the Supercross of personal watercraft racing,” Nicholas Handler, Pro Watercross managing director, said. “The course is designed to keep the high-speed action close to the fans on the beach.”

The beautiful landscape of Sand Hollow State Park, Hurricane, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of St. George Tourism Office, St. George News
The beautiful landscape of Sand Hollow State Park, Hurricane, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of St. George Tourism Office, St. George News

The blue water and contrasting red sandstone at Sand Hollow wowed the selection committee who visited the reservoir last fall.

“We are excited to welcome St. George to our family of host cities,” Handler said. “After experiencing Sand Hollow Reservoir for ourselves, we’re confident it’s going to be one of the tour’s favorite destinations.”

Spectators are invited to attend and watch the amateur and professional racers compete. Before and after the races, fans frequently interact with the competitors and request autographs. Spectator admission is free.

This summer’s seven-week circuit will be the 20th season of racing for the Pro Watercross Tour. Each step of the competition will be filmed and made into a nationwide television broadcast.

Racers make their way around the course during the Pro-Am Runabout Open race of the Hydro-Turf Pro Watercross Tour at Pensacola Beach, Florida, pre-2015 | Photo courtesy of Pro Watercross Tour, St. George News
Racers make their way around the course during the Pro-Am Runabout Open race of the Hydro-Turf Pro Watercross Tour at Pensacola Beach, Florida, pre-2015 | Photo courtesy of Pro Watercross Tour, St. George News

Event details

  • What: Jet Ski Racing Corporate Challenge
  • When: June 26
  • Where: Sand Hollow Reservoir, Sand Hollow State Park, Hurricane
  • Registration: $400 per team | Register by calling 435-986-6614
  • Pro Watercross Tour website
  • St. George Tourism Office website

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