Non-Profit Community Event

Hydros For Heroes
Hydros For Heroes is a non-profit community event run by many volunteers from across the community. Craig McKenzie, Jim Woessner, Ginger Borgert, Matthew Erikson, Heather Pedraza, Ed O’Keefe, Stephanie & Steve Aird, Carron & David Ortmann, Lance Rupprecht, Evelyn Ortega, Maddie McKenzie, Linda Caron & Tammi Cobb – Just to name a few!  Each volunteer will receive a Hydros for Heroes Volunteer T-Shirt. Positions include F-Dock Servers, Survey Takers, Information Booth, & Setup/Teardown.
About us


Hydros for Heroes is more than just a race; it’s a community event run entirely by dedicated volunteers who share a passion for giving back. This non-profit organization puts on a heart-pounding professional hydroplane race featuring over 50 regional teams, including some of the sport’s biggest names. The electrifying atmosphere draws in over 10,000 spectators each year, making it a fantastic family-friendly outing.

But the excitement on the water isn’t the only thing that makes Hydros for Heroes special. The true heart of the event lies in its mission. Proceeds from the race go towards supporting local heroes and funding scholarships for future leaders. By attending this free event, you’re not just enjoying a day of high-octane racing; you’re contributing to a cause that makes a real difference in your community.

So come join us for a fun-filled day by the water! Cheer on the racers, soak up the festive atmosphere, and know that you’re helping to support a great cause. Hydros for Heroes offers a perfect opportunity to create lasting memories while making a positive impact.

What we do

How We Make a Difference

Exhilarating Races

Get ready for an adrenaline rush! Hydros for Heroes explodes with the heart-pounding action of professional hydroplane racing. Over 50 regional teams, including some of the sport’s biggest names, tear across the water in a dazzling display of speed and skill.  The best part? Entry to this electrifying event is completely free, making it the perfect family outing. Pack a picnic, bring the cheering squad, and prepare to be wowed by the awe-inspiring spectacle on the water!

Celebrating Local Heroes

Hydros for Heroes goes beyond the roar of the engines to honor the brave men and women who make a daily difference in our community. Firefighters, law enforcement officers, veterans,  – these are the local heroes we choose to celebrate. Proceeds from the event directly support these hometown heroes and their families. We believe in empowering future leaders as well, so a portion of the funds is allocated to scholarships for deserving students. Join us in celebrating the heroes of today and investing in the heroes of tomorrow!

Volunteer Spirit

The heart of Hydros for Heroes beats with the unwavering dedication of our incredible community volunteers. From setup and teardown to race day operations, these passionate individuals work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure a seamless and unforgettable event. Their enthusiasm and commitment are truly inspiring, showcasing the power of collaboration for a cause we all believe in. If you’re looking for a way to get involved and give back to the community, consider joining our amazing volunteer team! Together, we can make a real difference.

Join Us & Make a Difference

Hydros for Heroes isn’t just about watching incredible races; it’s about being part of something bigger. This free, family-friendly event offers a day filled with excitement, community spirit, and the chance to make a real difference. Cheer on the daring racers, soak up the festive atmosphere, and enjoy a day of unforgettable entertainment alongside your loved ones. Remember, by attending, you’re directly contributing to scholarships for future leaders and supporting the local heroes who keep our community safe and strong. Join us for an exhilarating day by the water and become part of the Hydros for Heroes experience!

What Drives Us

Our Mission

Hydros for Heroes ignites the community spirit through exhilarating professional hydroplane races. We showcase the talents of top regional teams, creating a free, family-friendly event filled with adrenaline-pumping action. But beyond the roar of the engines lies our true purpose: to honor local heroes and empower future leaders. Proceeds from the event fuel scholarships for aspiring changemakers and support the brave men and women who safeguard our communities. Join us for a day of unforgettable entertainment, knowing you’re contributing to a cause that makes a lasting impact.

Get Involved

Our dedicated volunteers are the backbone of the event. From assisting with race logistics to managing the information booth, there are opportunities for everyone to contribute their skills and energy. Sign up to be a hero behind the scenes!

Upcoming Events

July 13 & 14 - Hydros For Heroes Charity Hydroplane Races - Oak Harbor bay

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Partners in heroism


Premier Sponsors

Platinum & Gold Sponsors


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Silver Sponsors

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Bronze Sponsors

Island Paint and Glass

Race Sponsors

Leavitt Group Northwest

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