SPOKANE, Wash.--After more than 40 years, hydroplane racing is set for Lake Coeur d’Alene in a few weeks. Organizers got a major donation to help pay for it.
Organizers for the Diamond Cup received a $40,000 dollar donation this week to help pay for the cost to host those races in Coeur d’Alene. They are working toward a goal of getting a total of half of a million dollars.
Lake Coeur d’Alene hasn’t seen a hydroplane race since 1968. With a few weeks before those boats return to the area, organizers are working to make sure the event is a success.
Some of the organizers attended the last race.
"All those days were the glory days of hydroplane racing and so this is really bringing back those memories,” John Stone, member of the Diamond Cup advisory board, said.
The man who started Hudson’s Hamburgers on Sherman Avenue loves boat races so much, he decided to dedicate a back room in his restaurant to the event.
While organizers are excited to see an event from the past return, they’re also eager to start a new tradition on Labor Day weekend.
"This is historically fairly slow weekend in Coeur D'Alene, so this will bring a lot of economic impact to Coeur d'Alene,” Stone said.
The next week will be important for organizers to finish fundraising to cover all of the cost. They hope the Diamond Cup returns to a huge turnout and ultimately becomes the largest event in Idaho.
The boat races will take place over three days. Organizers hope to see between 70 and 90 thousand people during all of Labor Day weekend.