The Old Hickory Fun Run 2015 A GREAT EVENT! I am really running out of ways to describe how good all of these events I have the luxury to go to are becoming. Yep… My first time to The Old Hickory Fun Run and all I can say is no words, pictures, or video can describe or make you feel just how incredible it was. With a final boat count of 127, raising a lot of money for the Wounded Warriors Project and doing it all at a great venue with some incredible powerboaters.
Chad Collier along with his wife Heather, a great group of volunteers, and an army of his power boating friends made everyone feel welcome and important. Starting out with a Friday Fun Run and raft up to get everyone together on the water, Friday night was possibly the best Poker Run party you could have ever been to. (well except for Powerboat Nation South Beach Parties of course). The waterway at Old Hickory is small like Havasu, it’s narrow but it’s long and if you go through old Hickory Locks you can go all the way to downtown Nashville. Now for the party… Close off two full blocks at the end of Broadway in downtown Nashville, with Eric Church, Shania Twain, and Dolly Parton all having concerts at the same time within 300 yards of your poker run party which is held on a roof top bar venue across from the hard rock looking down on super cars, powerboats, and haulers. A top shelf local band playing popular covers all night just added to the feel. Then if you wanted to keep going you were situated perfectly in the heart of Nashville…with easy walks to some of the most impressive live music you will find anywhere in the world. This Friday Night was the Best Pre-Poker Run Night I have ever been to.
Saturday came on early with a easy start to the stops that were well organized and fun. A debris issue from recent high water did force the run to be a little shorter than planned but it just meant more time at the afternoon raft up which was spectacular! The night brought out the charity and the Wounded Warriors are going to get a little lift from the Old Hickory Run. A signed Dolly Parton Guitar went for $14,000.00 – other notables were a signed Charlie Daniels fiddle, and other signed guitars from Kenny Chesney and Eric Church. This was really first class event with a warm comfortable atmosphere that brought significant contributions to the Wounded Warriors Project. It was an honor to be able to participant. I owe a special debt of gratitude to Justin Lucas from Go-Fast threads for his wonderful hospitality and letting me crash at this place, as well to Michael and Angela Goldbaugh for letting me ride around on the fun Run aboard their meticulous 38 Donzi “Late Fees”, and Chad and Heather for the start ride in their 50 Mystic and of course John Woodruff and Nancy for the rest of the ride aboard “WindShip”!
You can be sure PowerBoat Nation will be back at next years Old Hickory Fun Run and we know it will be bigger and bring more money to the Wounded Warriors than it did this year! You can’t miss this run as it has an atmosphere and feel like no other and it is just so much damn fun!