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Fairbanks Outboard Association. A summer highlight is riverboat racing sanctioned by the Fairbanks Outboard Association. These specially built 24-foot racing boats are powered by 50-horsepower engines and reach speeds of 75 mph. Weekend races in summer and fall begin and end either at the Chena Pump Campgrounds or at Pike's Landing, just off Airport Way near Fairbanks International Airport. Fairbanks, AK. www.yukon800.com.
Yukon 800. The biggest riverboat racing event of the season, in late June, is the Yukon 800 Marathon, a two-day, 800-mile race between Fairbanks and Galena by way of the Chena, Tanana, and Yukon rivers. Fairbanks, AK. yukon800.com.
Roland Lord Memorial Race. This riverboat race from Fairbanks to Nenana and back takes place in early August. Fairbanks, AK.