Steamboat Days Comes to the Riverfront

Published 06/13 2014 07:17PM

Updated 06/13 2014 07:24PM

PEORIA - The 41st annual Steamboat Days Festival is here. It’s one of the area’s biggest events of the year.

There is money to be made not only inside the event, but for downtown businesses.

Race officials expect near-record crowds for the steamboat classic this weekend, and an added 10,000 people for the Steamboat Days Festival going on behind me. Which is great for local businesses.

Experts at the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau say one million dollars is expected to be pumped into the Peoria economy this weekend.

About a third of that is going to hotels,

But with all the added people, that makes things difficult for local police.

Race organizers say about 45,000 people will compete in either the 15K, 4K, or four-mile run.

They have traveled from 26 states and five countries.

Two runners traveled all the way from Kenya.

The athletes we spoke with say they’re excited to take part in what’s commonly known as the world’s fastest four-mile race.

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