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Triple Crown Watercross at Hartwell Lake August 12-14  

Upstate Watercraft Promotions-International Jet Sport Boating Association (UWP-IJSBA) national tour event returns to Lake Hartwell Aug. 12 – 14.  More than 150 riders are expected to compete in this year’s “Triple Crown Watercross.”

The 2011 national tour event will take place at Saddlers Creek State Park in Anderson County, and spectators can view the race and acrobatic action from land or water.  Admission is free.  Race course trials begin Friday Aug. 12.  Races begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 -14.  For more information, visit or

This national tour event combines traditional beach events with competitive motor sports.  Featuring the highly explosive and watercraft racing, all top USA riders and race teams will be in attendance.  Riders will utilize the most advanced equipment and technology to help their watercraft reach speeds of over 80 mph.  This thrilling competition, referred to as NASCAR on the water, includes handle bar-to- handle bar action that pits rider and machine in a personal watercraft battlefield and creates an “extreme sports” water venue for performing Olympic-style acrobatic and choreographed freestyle shows. 

“Returning to Lake Hartwell is a dream come true for these nationally recognized athletes,” said A. J. Handler, director of Upstate Watercraft Promotions in Penfield. N. Y.  “Last year’s competition could not have been more fun, and now were coming back. The spectators were terrific, the course is wide open, and the race teams fell in love with the area.  Lake Hartwell is where we need to be for our southern national tour stop.” 

Larry Torrence, executive director of Lake Hartwell Marketing Alliance, said that the move to Saddlers Creek State Park is a positive for all.  Torrence likes the idea of this powerful event being in Anderson’s back yard giving thousands of visitors from all over the region an easy opportunity to enjoy this spectacular weekend. 

“We welcome the opportunity to stage this national on-water sports event here in Anderson County,” said Kathy Benson, executive director of the Anderson Convention and Visitors Bureau.  “Lake Hartwell is one of our great amenities and we expect visitors from Georgia the upstate and beyond to stay and enjoy our beautiful destination.  We can’t wait to showcase our outstanding hospitality and generate a positive economic impact.”

The Triple Crown event is being coordinated by the Lake Hartwell Marketing Alliance, which is the marketing arm for the destination of Lake Hartwell.  The alliance is comprised of approximately 200 tourism and business professionals with an interest in developing economic growth through tourism. All alliance members live or work in the six counties surrounding Lake Hartwell: Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties in South Carolina and Hart, Franklin and Stephens counties in Georgia

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