The Marathon Lineup of the 2015 Winter Poker Run

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powerboat in Winter Poker Run in Marathon, Florida Keys

  • Event Dates: Jan 23-25th, 2015
  • Powerboats Arrive at Faro Blanco: 4:30 to 5 PM Friday, Jan 23rd 2015
  • Watersports Exhibitions, Including Flyboard: 10 AM to 12 PM Saturday, Jan 24th
  • Aerial Photoshoot at 7 Mile Bridge: Shortly After 12 PM Saturday, Jan 24th

Powerboats on Display at Faro Blanco Marina

The power boats participating in Stu Jones’ Winter Poker Run are scheduled to arrive Friday at around 4:30 at the newly opened Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club in Marathon. Though the event is typically geared toward paying participants and their rides, this year’s Air-Land-Sea format Poker Run has a lot to offer spectators in the Florida Keys. Visitors are welcome to park at the resort and walk down to the marina to check out the power boats on display, free of admission. Throughout the evening, there will be music and a live radio show, including brief attendee interviews. Throughout the weekend-long event, Florida Powerboat Club, the event organizer, will be doing filming and interviews for their Powerboating in Paradise TV Series on Sunsports. And Saturday, there will be some fun watersport events that visitors can even take place in!

Join in the New Flyboarding Event

Flyboarding at Winter Poker Run in Marathon FL

Aside from the incredible power boats on display, the highlight of this weekend’s events in Marathon will be the watersports exhibitions featuring FlyBoard South Florida. If you have a daring spirit and your idea of fun is soaring skyhigh powered by a jetpack like Ironman, then you don’t want to miss the Flyboarding demo. What is flyboarding you ask? It’s inventor, French watercraft rider Franky Zapata, calls it “the new extreme sport phenomenon.” The FlyBoard is a new watersports device that attaches to a personal water craft using a long hose for flight freedom. The hose attaches on the other end to a board mounted with wakeboard boots for flight control. Pro rider Cooper Riggs will demonstrate high flying maneuvers that are used in competition. There will be an opportunity for a limited number of participants to experience the sensation of flying over water and looking like a super hero! Our instructors operate the PWC applying thrust to the nozzles on the FlyBoard flying the participant over water. You must be 15 and weigh at least 90 lbs. Head over to Faro Blanco between 10-12 and enjoy the show.

Pro Wakeboarding & Amphibious Aircraft Demo

Other watersports exhibitions are planned as part of the Winter Poker Run’s entertainment schedule for Saturday at Faro Blanco as well. Two wakeboard pro riders will be showing off their skills, so be sure to bring your kids by for the exciting demo. Also, you’ll have the chance to watch amphibious aircraft from Searey perform some low passes and landings for those of you who are aircraft enthusiasts. Powerboat enthusiasts will want to head to the old 7 Mile Bridge for the aerial photo shoot set to capture footage for the Powerboating in Paradise TV series. Shortly after noon, the boats will head to the 7 Mile Bridge, where helicopters and a drone will be filming them as they make some passes beneath it. Though not a competitive event, it’s still a fun way to see the powerboats while they are in the Florida Keys. So, if you are looking for a unique, fun way to spend some time with friends and family in Marathon this weekend, Stu Jones’ Winter Poker Run has got you covered – check it out and let us know what you think!

For more detailed information about the event, visit the event page on the official website of the 2015 Winter Poker Run organizer – Stu Jones’ Florida Powerboat Club.

Eat, Drink, & Be Merry at The New Lighthouse Grill

Stu Jones Poker Run models on powerboat
The Lighthouse Grill at Faro Blanco is now open (yay!) and Poker Run participants and the viewing public are invited to make dinner reservations or relax and enjoy some drinks at this new local venue. There will be live music on site Friday night, and A Poker Run video viewing is planned in Lighthouse Grill’s Cocktail Lounge from 10PM to 12AM. It sounds like a fun night to do something different in Marathon and a good chance to mingle with the Poker Run organizers, participants, and enthusiasts. For more information on who is performing or what’s on the Grill menu, contact Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club at (305) 743-1234.

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