2019 Rock River Anything That Floats Race

Somehow they stayed afloat.

What a Sunday! The 2019 Rock River Anything That Floats (RRATF) race couldn’t have picked a better day… even though the rain delayed the event a little. The river banks were filled with people cheering on the floats and the river was full of boats enjoying the competition from a different perspective.

Aerial view of boats and floats heading south on the Rock River.

Crowds cheered on as floats, if someone even qualified to be called that, made their way down the river from the Auburn Street bridge to downtown Rockford. Some of the float designs were minimal, while others were the size of several floats put together. Some of the more unique water crafts included: Thomas the Train, a red single-propeller plane, tiki hut, USS battleship, and a race car.

2019 Rock River Anything That Floats race in Rockford, IL.

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USA Ultimate Elite-Select Challenge

USA Ultimate Frisbee TCT Elite-Select Challenge in Rockford, IL
USA Ultimate Frisbee TCT Elite-Select Challenge in Rockford, IL

Yesterday we covered a sport that we never have before, ultimate frisbee. We showed up to the Indoor Sports Center in Rockford, Illinois, to find the soccer fields full of flying discs. No one explained the rules to us or what to capture but we just jumped into it.

The event was the Elite-Select Challenge of the Triple Crown Tour, governed by the USA Ultimate organization. The parking lots was full of cars with license plates from all over the United States. Once we made our way to the field, cameras in hand, we were thrown into a different world. KB Digital has covered countless soccer, football and basketball games, along with many others, but never ultimate frisbee. We soon realized how the game is played (or so we think) and that helped us better position ourselves to get better shots.

USA Ultimate Frisbee TCT Elite-Select Challenge in Rockford, IL
USA Ultimate Frisbee TCT Elite-Select Challenge in Rockford, IL

The field has two end zones, and the teams start off at opposing sides of the field. The disc is throw across the field and the receiving team then goes on the offense attack to get the frisbee into the opponents end zone. Simple but fun. While some people may not expect this sport to be extreme…. some of the dives we saw on that field caught us off guard. The players out there were diving to catch that disc and falling flat on their stomachs like it’s life or death. Kudos to ultimate players!

USA Ultimate Frisbee TCT Elite-Select Challenge in Rockford, IL
USA Ultimate Frisbee TCT Elite-Select Challenge in Rockford, IL

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