Watch tugboats duke it out in the 24th Annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition. It’s on the Hudson River on Sunday, Oct. 9th.
The race is from the 79th St. Boat Basin to Pier 84 at 44th St., where the water version of a tug of war happens, along with a family-friendly spinach eating contest inspired by cartoon favorite Popeye the Sailor Man, tugboat parade and more.
Watching is FREE along the river, or purchase a ticket for a special viewing aboard a Circle Line sightseeing boat. The fun and games start at 9:30am. Check the event website for specific times, locations and ticket prices.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $12 for kids. Get tickets with no surcharge. Tickets support the work of the non-profit Working Harbor group, which supports the history of New York Harbor.
- 10am Parade of Tugs from Pier 84 (w 44th st./hudson river park) to the start line @ Pier I at w 70th st. in Riverside Park South
- 10:30am Race Starts (runs from Pier I to Pier 84)
- 11am Nose-to-nose pushing contests & Line-toss competition
- Noon Amateur line-toss & Spinach-eating contests
- 1pm Awards Ceremony
- 2pm Tugs depart
Why is it called the Great North River Tugboat Race and Competition? Great North River was the original name of what we now call the HudsonRiver.