Race starts June 22, 2019 on the Detroit River below the Ambassador Bridge at 1 p.m.       

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The normally sedate Detroit River comes alive with roaring diesels and blaring air horns when tug boats of all sizes race for glory and trophies in the annual International Tug Boat Race.

It is the most unusual tug race anywhere. As many as 30 tugs of all sizes race in a mad dash for the finish line. Tugs ranging in length from 45 to 140 feet compete at the same time, all muscling for the best position. Some of the larger tugs are actual working tugs with more than 2,000 horsepower, the Detroit River boils as the tugs create a huge wake. 

The race begins 1 p.m. below the Ambassador Bridge and runs to the finish line off Windsor's Dieppe Park. Trophies are awarded to the first tug to finish the race as well as to each tug that finishes first in its horsepower class.

2018 Recap
The 2018 International Tug Boat Race was a resounding success.
Tugs took to the river and put on an impressive show for the spectators.
The Race Committee would like to thank:

The Race volunteers
Tug Captains
Detroit & Windsor Port Authorities
Our sponsors
and all those who make this race possible.
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