Huck Finn's spirit may be lurking near the Charles this Saturday at the First Annual Adams House Raft Race. The race will begin at 3 p.m.
Competitors will propel themselves in hand-made rafts along a quarter-mile course stretching from the Lars Anderson Bridge to the Weeks Bridge. Bill Lee '72. organizer of the event, said last night that at least five rafts will be racing.
Racers will compete for four awards. The Huckleberry Finn Award will go to the first raft which sinks. The most original raft will receive the Harry Parker Award, named after the popular head coach of the Harvard crew.
The coveted Ted Nash Memorial award will be given to the most unsportsmanlike craft. Nash is the unpopular head coach of the Penn crew.
The first raft to finish will receive one case of beer, a five-dollar gift certificate to Elsie's, and two tickets to the Adams House Soul Review tomorrow night. Lee said that a launch will be on the river to pick up debris and survivors. In addition, representatives of the Health Services will be on hand to take care of cases of frostbite and other diseases.
Race judges include William Liller, master of Adams House, and F. Jackson Bryce, assistant senior tutor. Lee said that Radcliffe President Mary I. Bunting and Harvard Police Chief Robert Tonis may also be on hand to judge.
The 30th annual Cambridge-Wellesley bike race will be held this Sunday, with a scheduled 2 p.m. starting time from Lars Anderson Bridge in Cambridge.
More than 50 participants are expected to show up for registration which will begin at 1 p.m. The contestants will be separated into three classes again this year: Class 1 being ten-speed bikes. Class 2 being composed of three speeders, and Class 3 encompassing anything from unicycles to Good Humour trucks.
Prizes will be awarded to class winners, with a ten-speed Raleigh bike the grand prize.
"I sense a good deal of enthusiasm for the race this year." race organizer Phil Youngman said yesterday. "There will be a lot of crew jocks on the field. all of them vying for that kiss from that girl from the Wellesley yacht club as they cross the finish line."
Although a favorite for the race has not been picked, Tom Dryer and Rich Barton of Quincy House won Class 1 the last two years, both riding the same bike. As of yesterday, the stolen bike had not been found.