HydroFest Press Release
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Contact: Ron Drynan, HydroFest Organizer
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Hartland, Michigan (June 7th, 2000)  Excitement is building with just ten days remaining before the Hartland HydroFest at Waldenwoods Resort in Hartland, Michigan on Saturday, June 17th.

Says Ron Drynan, organizer of the event, "The fact that this is the largest event of its kind in North America and a first-ever for Michigan has created a snowball effect.  As more boaters signed on, more wanted to make sure they could be there.  Between the home-builders and a dozen or so manufacturers, we'll have more than 30 boats from all over the U.S. and Canada, representing almost every type of water cycle design you can imagine.  These are not plain kayaks and canoes or paddleboats, they're amazingly fast and agile boats utilizing the latest in carbon fiber, kevlar, fiberglass, bicycle components, and propeller technology.  There are even hydrofoils capable of sustained 'flight' under pedal power alone."

By combining human powered boat racing with free admission and free test-rides for the public, the HydroFest will appeal to anyone interested in exploring a very different kind of recreational water sport.  Cyclists tired of fighting traffic, fisherman looking for a better way to navigate the waterways, joggers and exercisers wanting better scenery for work-outs, and outdoors enthusiasts wanting to explore nature quietly and without disturbing the environment are thrilled to discover these unique and  innovative boats.

Says John Howard of HydroCycles, Inc., producer of the Wave Walker, "I firmly believe that water cycling is the best way to experience the enjoyment of being out on the water. Water cycling offers freedom, exercise and relaxation."  Mr. Howard will be competing at the HydroFest in his new 24' outrigger pedal-boat prototype, the same boat he'll use for a world-record attempt in Wisconsin later this summer.  As a former Olympic cyclist, IronMan winner, accomplished endurance athlete, and converted water cyclist, he's ready to set the bar high.

The Hartland HydroFest, human powered boat racing event and demo day will be held at Waldenwoods Resort (M-59 at U.S.-23) on Saturday, June 17th from 9:00a.m. through 4:00p.m..  The racing is sanctioned by the American Canoe Association, and the event will be conducted in the tradition of the International Human Powered Vehicle Association.  

Admission is free, parking is free, and spectators of all ages are invited to come by the beach and try out the boats.

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