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Thank you to all participants for another great event!

Congratulations to Samuels Group, 2013 race winner.

2013 Awards - based on community votes
Mid State Trucking
-Most Innovative
-Best Use of Recycled Materials
-Best Theme for Boat and Crew
-Best in Race
-People's Choice

Titanic III
-Most Likely to Sink

Last Year's Finalists:
The Nautilus
Water Trough - Winner- Best in Race
Manure Spreader

Check out our 2013 photo gallery.

View the 2012 photo gallery here or go to YouTube to watch the races.

The Big Green Derby was on Saturday, June 8, 2013. This is a recycled boat race on the scenic Wisconsin River in Wausau. This event brings people together to celebrate our community assets, spur innovation, teamwork, creativity, and promote green living.

Our theme - Whatever Floats Your Boat means just that – as long as it’s made of reused or recycled materials, it qualifies. So get your creativity flowing to build some wacky vessels with crazy themes!

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The Gist- Teams will construct boats out of recycled materials to race them from the landing bay down to the sand bar at Fern Island. Building and racing a boat is a team effort, and there’s room for everyone! Get a team together to represent your business, church or youth group, school club, family or friends. Teams can range from 2 –6 people. Only the sailors (those riding in the boat) need to register, not the entire crew.

4 people + 2 hours = 1 boat

For a complete list of rules, building materials, race regulations and derby details download the Big Green Derby Rules and Regulations PDF.

To register a team, download the registration form and waiver, complete and return to:
United Way of Marathon County
705 S. 24th Ave, Ste. 400B
Wausau, WI 54401

Race Day Activities-

  • music
  • food
  • raffles
  • vote on your favorite boat
  • games for the kids
  • recycle art activities
  • booths and much more!
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Race’n for a Reason- Proceeds from this event will fund United Way Emerging Leaders’ community projects throughout Marathon County. Emerging Leaders have installed two Born Learning trails at local parks and five Children’s Spaces at area non-profits. Learn more by visiting their homepage.

Emerging Leaders

United Way of Marathon County

Rules and Regulations

Registration Form




Race for trophies, prizes and more!

  • Best In Race
  • People's Choice Award
  • Most Spectacular Sinking




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