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Freaky Kon Tiki Racing in the Hampton River
Freaky Kon Tiki Racing in the Hampton River

Freaky Kon Tiki Hampton River Raft Race in August!

30th Annual Hampton Bay Days Presents
Third Annual Freaky Kon Tiki Hampton River Raft Race
at Mill Point Park on August 26

–Race day activities include music, food, and fun–

Hampton, Virginia- On Sunday, August 26, head to Mill Point Park in downtown Hampton, Virginia for the Third annual Freaky Kon Tiki! The river raft race, presented by 30th annual Hampton Bay Days, allows a team of five people to build a raft on-site and race other contestants around a course in the Hampton River. Each participant must be at least 21 years-old to compete.

The fun begins with the Freaky Kon Tiki at 9:30 a.m. in Mill Point Park with raft construction. All rafts must be homemade and all rafts will be inspected prior to launching. In addition, all rafts must be human propelled and self-propelled. No power is available and no generators can be used in construction of the rafts. There is a $100 maximum for the amount allowed on building materials and teams MUST bring receipts (pre-approved household recyclables do not count towards $100 maximum).

The first heat of the day for the Freaky Kon Tiki is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Teams can be comprised by as many as five people, however, no more than two people can be on the raft while the rest of the team helps move the raft to the finish line. After the start, the rafts will proceed around the course with each heat being timed. The best times of all heats will go into the final.

Cost to enter the Third annual Freaky Kon Tiki is $25 per team until August 22. After August 22, teams can register up until the day of the event for $40.

Spectators are welcome to come out and join the fun free-of-charge! There will be live music in Mill Point Park, as well as food and libations available for purchase from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Freaky Kon Tiki RULES


*Each participant must be 21 years or older.
*Each participant must sign a Release Form.
*Each participant must wear a Coast Guard approved PFD.
*No protruding nails or bolts.  All sharp edges are to be taped/padded.
*All rafts must be of homemade construction.
*All rafts must be inspected prior to launching.
*All rafts must be solely human propelled and self-propelled.
*Consumption of alcohol is not permitted before or during the race.
*Slingshots, cannons, catapults, and dye products are prohibited.
*Every raft must have a red flag, noise maker, and attached tow line in case of emergency.
*Purchase of required safety equipment and oars do not count toward $100 cap.
*All crew members shall wear sneakers or other appropriate footwear to prevent injury.
*Be mindful of the sun – wear a hat or sunscreen and carry water.
*No diving off any raft at any time.
*Any team or crewmember exhibiting unsafe or unsportsmanlike behavior will be disqualified and could be permanently banned from future participation.
*All rafts must run entire course under their own power to be eligible for awards.
*All teams are responsible for their own raft construction and building materials.
*All teams are responsible for the individual conduct of crewmembers.
*All rafts must be removed from the river and/or Mill Point Park at the end of the event.
*All crewmembers enter at their own risk.
*Should the race be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, the race will be rescheduled.
*The entry fee is not refundable.
*Discarding trash or building materials into river is prohibited.
*If your raft is closest to another raft in distress, you are required to be a “good Samaritan”.
*Crewmembers must comply with any direction issued from committee boat crew.
*The first Heat is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.  All rafts in the first heat must be in the water and at the ready.
*Teams can start assembling at 9:30 a.m. at the race start location.
*After the start, the rafts will proceed round the course as designated at the Captains meeting.
*Each heat will be timed with the best times of all the heats going into the final.
*Race officials can adjust the rules as necessary as long as all teams are notified.
*Teams can be as large as five (5) people, no more than two (2) on the raft and rest of the team can help move the raft from the water to the finish line.
*No power is available.  No generators can be used.
*No recyclable can be of original marine use.

Third Annual Freaky Kon Tiki Presented by 30th annual Hampton Bay Days

Sunday, August 26


Mill Point Park
100 Eaton Street
Hampton, VA 23669


9:30 a.m.                                 Float building begins

12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.           Live music in Mill Point Park, food and libations available for purchase

1:30 p.m.                                First heat begins


Cost $25 until August 22. $40 after August 22.

Free for spectators


To register for the Third annual Freaky Kon Tiki, email [email protected]. For additional information, dial 757/727-6348. This year’s event is sponsored by Hampton Bay Days,

New Belgium Brewing, Marker 20, 93.7 BOB FM, US 106.1 New Country, and 96X.


Partially bordered by the Hampton Roads harbor and Chesapeake Bay, Hampton, with the 344,000 sq. ft. Hampton Roads Convention Center, is located in the center of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area.  Hampton is the site of America’s first continuous English-speaking settlement and is home to such visitor attractions as the Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside IMAX ® Theater, Hampton History Museum, harbor tours and cruises, Hampton University Museum, Fort Monroe, award-winning Hampton Coliseum, The American Theatre, among others.


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