USRowing Masters National Head Race Championship
Are you ready to navigate the twists and turns of the Cuyahoga?
The race will begin near the Arcelor Steel basin. Rowers will navigate the five challenging turns along the Cuyahoga River and finish at the CRF Boathouse. Check out this video to give you a flavor of Cleveland's "Crooked River"
The Athlete and Spectator village will be on the CRF grounds and again this year we will have several local food vendors and a water truck where athletes can refill their water bottles.
Spectators can even enjoy a beer at the Cleveland Metroparks Concession stand and watch the races while relaxing.
We hope to see you there!
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- See the announcement by USRowing
- Head Race Promotional Video by Tim Telep
- Only a Game - highlights the event
- Crain's Cleveland Business Article
- Cleveland.com Article
USRowing, Cleveland Rowing Foundationand the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission are excited to announce thecreation of the USRowing Masters National Head Race Championship, theorganizations announced on Tuesday. The inaugural event will be held September16, 2012, on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio.
"The advent of a masters head race national championship will provide a newcompetitive opportunity for a growing segment of USRowing," said USRowing ChiefExecutive Officer Glenn Merry. "Cleveland is optimal for the inaugural regattawith its central location and history as an enthusiastic community thatsupports sporting events ranging from amateur to professional. The CuyahogaRiver presents a challenging course of turns and twists under a vibrant urbanbackdrop, where the sport can be showcased to a new audience of fans andfriends watching along the banks."
While the exact racing program will be announced at a later date, the regattawill feature racing in both sweep and sculling events in all of the master'sage categories.
Currently home to the Head of the Cuyahoga, the 4,800-meter course involves strategy, curves, and fun. In addition to five major river turns (including anS-bend), gorgeous views of the Cleveland skyline are situated throughout thecourse. The river provides competitors with a pictorial history of Clevelandstarting at the West Third Street Bridge.
"We are honored to host the first USRowing Masters National Head Race Championship at our new home on the Cuyahoga River, Rivergate Park," saidTheresa Gang, Executive Director of the Cleveland Rowing Foundation. "Wechallenge the best masters rowers in the country to participate in this eventas it rotates to Cleveland every Olympic year."
Over 200 years old, the city of Cleveland has become a growing sports, tourismand convention destination with such attractions as the Rock and Roll Hall ofFame and Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural Historyand the Great Lakes Science Center.
"The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is thrilled to be partnering with theCleveland Rowing Foundation on the creation and hosting of a unique event. Therowing event will bring tremendous excitement and economic impact to ourcommunity. We appreciate USRowing giving Cleveland this opportunity" said DavidGilbert, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.