The annual Tugboat Race is action-packed! Photo by Mitch Waxman

The 22nd Annual Running of the Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition is almost here! Our annual tugboat race will be held on Sunday, August 31st at 10AM on the Hudson River at 44th Street in Manhattan.

Parade of Tugs. Photo by Mitch Waxman

Tugboats from all corners of our harbor (and maybe beyond!) will assemble for the Parade of Tugs at 10AM, near Pier 84 at W44 St./12 Ave. The great race sets-off at 10:30AM and runs from the 79th Street Boat Basin to Pier 84.

The spectator boat races along with the tugs! Photo by John Skelson

Be right in the action on the Spectator Boat! Get onboard the Circle Line Spectator Boat. See it all up-close, cruising with the tug parade, and even racing alongside the tugs in the big race! Boarding begins at 9:00AM, so you’ll be on the water before the parade! Get tickets here.

Spinach-eating contest. Photo by John Skelson

Fun for the whole family! There much more after the tug race – test your mettle in the amateur line-toss competition and see who’ll be the first to slurp up a vat-full of Popeye® Spinach in the spinach-eating contest. There’s a division for kids too!

Line-toss. Photo by Mitch Waxman

Who will top “Buddy” Debora Miller’s donkey-mascot, the winner of last year’s Best Mascot trophy? The Best Mascot contest brings out the most … interesting competitors.

2013 Best Mascot Winner – Debora Miller’s Buddy the Donkey. Photo by Will Van Dorp/tugster

Of course past years have brought out many salty-dogs and sea-cats, but in recent years, there have been many unusual specie submitted for judgment – turtles, hermit crabs, even a chicken . . . but last year, topped them all. Buddy the Donkey has raised the Best Mascot bar. What can top a donkey? I can’t wait to see what the day brings!

Nose-to-nose pushing competition. Photo by Mitch Waxman

The 22nd Annual Running of the Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition
Sunday, 31 August, 2014 – Pier 84, West 44th Street and Hudson River, Manhattan

10:00 AM – Parade of tugs from Pier 84 to the start line
10:30 AM – Race starts – From South of 79th Street Boat Basin (near Pier I) to Pier 84
11 AM – Nose-to-nose pushing contests and line-toss competition
Noon – Tugs tie up to Pier 84 for lunch and awards ceremony. Exhibits, amateur line-toss, spinach eating contest
1 PM – Awards Ceremony
2 PM – Tugs depart

Be in the race on the Circle Line 42 Spectator Boat! Get enviable, close-up views right in the midst of the action.
9:30AM to 11:30AM; Boarding begins at 9:00AM. Get tickets at WorkingHarbor.Org or click here.

On your mark… Get set… Photo bu Mitch Waxman

Sponsored by the Working Harbor Committee, NYC Economic Development Corporation, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises and Friends of Hudson River Park, P. D O’Hurleys, Millers Launch, many other tug companies including Reinauer, McAllister, Kirby, Vane, Green Mountain Energy Company and Allens Inc (POPEYE Spinach).

by Mai Armstrong via Capt. John Doswell, executive director, Working Harbor Committee