Mammut river raft race


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Social practices
  • Knowledge concerning nature
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Description

On the twelve-kilometre long route on the Sitter and Thur rivers between Degenau and Kradolf, river rafters compete in three categories on Mother’s Day Sunday. While rafters from the racing category paddle down the river as fast as they can, rafters in the originality category enjoy the interaction with the public. Their elaborate rafts, which require up to a thousand hours of work to construct, are built according to a topic of choice and can be viewed on the evening before and on the day of the race before the race begins. The third category also known as the fun category comprises rafts which are neither rated according to speed nor appearance. The event is extremely popular in the region. In fine weather, the river raft race attracts up to 30,000 spectators. The most popular spots for watching the race are near the three weirs, which are particularly difficult for the rafters to negotiate and a source of great excitement. The Mammut river raft race is organised by the river raft race association and countless volunteers.

Image gallery

  • Exhibition of the rafts before the start of the Mammut raft race, Degenau, 2011 © Verein Flossrennen
  • Raft competing in the originality category, en route between Degenau and Kradolf, 2009 © Verein Flossrennen
  • Raft competing in the originality category, en route between Degenau and Kradolf, 2009 © Verein Flossrennen
  • Raft competing in the originality category, en route between Degenau and Kradolf, 2014 © Verein Flossrennen
  • Raft competing in the originality category, en route between Degenau and Kradolf, 2016 © Verein Flossrennen
  • Raft competing in the originality category, clearing the weir in Sitterdorf, Sitterdorf, 2011 © Verein Flossrennen
  • Raft competing in the originality category, clearing the weir in Bischofszell, Sitterdorf, 2017 © Verein Flossrennen
  • Raft competing in the racing category, en route between Degenau and Kradolf, 2009 © Verein Flossrennen
  • Spectators watching the race from along the banks of the Sitter and Thur rivers, between Degenau and Kradolf, 2011 © Verein Flossrennen
  • Construction of the raft ‘Mostindien versüsst die OLMA’, Rotzenflöö Association, Muolen, 2017 © Flösserteam Rotzenflöö

Video

Mammut Flossrennen © Peter Künzler, St. Margrethen

References and documentation

Publications
  • Kurt Haberstich, Martin Hauzenberger: Mammut-Flossrennen auf Sitter und Thur TG. In: Typisch Schweiz: gelebte Tradition. Lenzburg, 2013, p. 166

  • Albert Bärtsch: Flossrennen auf Sitter und Thur von Degenau über Bischofszell nach Kradolf-Schönenberg. In: Schweizer Feste und Bräuche: Volksfestkultur im Jahreslauf. Wädenswil, 2009, p. 193

  • Feriengefühle beim Mammut-Flossrennen. In: St. Galler Tagblatt, 26. Mai 2008

  • Mammut-Flossrennen droht das aus. In: 20 Minuten, 14. Mai 2014

  • Neuer Präsident beim Mammut Flossrennen. In: Kreuzlinger Zeitung, 8. Februar 2017

  • Bruno Peter: Die Flösser Forch haben noch nicht genug. In: Küsnachter, Nr.30/31, 28. Juli 2016, p. 6

Documentation