Niagara Gazette —
According to North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt, the success of Thunder on the Niagara wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the community.
“We talk a lot about our waterfront and how awesome it is and the events like this that happen here, but it wouldn’t be possible without regular residents who care and invest their time and volunteer,” Ortt said. “We have a waterfront commission here in North Tonawanda and all the volunteers of that commission dedicate a lot of time and they care about this event. (The race) has gotten bigger and better every year, and it keeps attracting more and more people to our beautiful park.”
“Overall, the race was a success,” he said. “We ran a total of 56 separate races in two days, and the people seemed to enjoy it. I also have to give a lot of credit to the people at the NFBRA for helping to put the race together. They, along with a lot of different local businesses, were the main reasons why it went so smoothly.”
Hackett is already looking toward next year.
“I think a few things could improve — mainly some of the seating — but everything else was excellent,” Hackett said. “What’s really impressed me about this community is that the attendance has grown, from the first year of the race with 40 teams and a couple thousand people watching, to last year where the attendance made my hair stand on end.”
“People in North Tonawanda sure do love their boat racing.”