Suggested Viewing Areas for Spectators on Land:
- Anywhere along the water in Downtown Clayton
- Anywhere you can see the break wall in Cape Vincent
- Anywhere along the water in Downtown Alex Bay
Suggested Viewing Areas for Spectators on the Water:
Please be extra careful if you’re boating on the River over the weekend as boat traffic will be heavy – and fast in places.
** please stay clear of the channel when your boat is not in motion **
- Morning Run – Head of Grindstone Island or Carleton Area
- Afternoon Run – Goose Bay, Chippewa Bay or Singer Castle Area
New this year, Uncle Sam’s Boat Tours is providing boats for the “Waves of Wishes” Tours which will provide spectators with two different opportunities to see the Poker Run firsthand and be right in the middle of all the action! The first Boat Tour will depart the docks in Clayton at 9:45am and the second from Alexandria Bay at 1:45pm. Tickets can be purchased online HERE for the Morning Boat Tour and HERE for the Afternoon Boat Tour. Tickets will also be available at the Street Party Thursday Night and during Participant Registration at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel.
2019 Spectator Schedule of Events
Thursday: July 18, 2019
5pm – 8pm: Official kick-off to the 1000 Islands Charity Poker Run! Street Party on Riverside Drive. Party and see some of the high-performance boats up close.
Friday: July 19, 2019
All day – Watch the offshore boats arrive at the Clayton Harbor Municipal Marina.
10am – 1pm: Boat rides for Make-A-Wish kids at the Clayton Harbor Municipal Marina. (DOCKS WILL BE CLOSED TO PUBLIC)
12pm – 8pm: Participant Registration in the Picton Room at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel. Event Merchandise available to purchase here during this time.
3pm – 9pm: Docks open to pubic. Meet the drivers. Boats on Display in the water.
4pm – 7pm: Live music by Travis Rocco at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel.
8:30pm: Judging for the ‘Best Sound System’ & ‘Best Light Show’ at the Docks.
Saturday: July 20, 2019
9:45am: “Waves of Wishes” – Uncle Sam’s Boat Tour leaves Clayton Harbor Municipal Marina. (Tickets available online HERE)
9:45am: Start your engines and Boats leave the Dock!
9:45am – 10:15am: Staging begins in front of 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel.
10:00am: POKER RUN STARTS
10:45am – 11:30am: First Stop at Cape Vincent, NY.
11:30am: Restart from Cape Vincent.
12pm – 2pm: Second Stop & Lunch at Casino Island, Alexandria Bay NY.
1:45pm: “Waves of Wishes” – Uncle Sam’s Boat Tour leaves Alexandria Bay (Tickets available online HERE)
2pm: Engines start again leaving out of Alexandria Bay.
3pm – 3:30pm: Third Stop in Ogdensburg, NY.
3:30: Restart from Ogdensburg.
4:30pm: Last Stop and arrive back in Clayton.
9:30: Fireworks Display in front of Harbor Hotel over the River.