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WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013, 8:31 A.M.

Organizers Mum On Hydro Races

The latest word from an organizer spearheading hydroplane racing's return to Lake Coeur d'Alene said the races will go on as scheduled Labor Day weekend. Doug Miller told The Press three weeks ago that The Diamond Cup Regatta is close to securing "major contracts" that would ensure the races will happen. "We're not in trouble at all," Miller said in a May 1 phone message, referring to rumors that the race will be canceled, as it was last year. "We're just finishing up some major contracts right now that should be done in the middle part of next week that will be major announcements for us." But the middle part of that week passed, and despite numerous calls from The Press, nobody is offering an update on sponsorships or ticket sales. In a previous interview, Miller estimated it would cost $400,000 to host the event/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: It has seemed to me all along that there's little to no momentum for these races. Things should be in full swing at this point. Yet you can't get a peep our of organizers. What's up?

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