Head of the Cuyahoga River Brings Rowing Regatta


Sat 9/15 @ 7AM-4PM

Did you know that the Cleveland Rowing Foundation hosts an annual major regatta on the third Saturday every September? It’s the Head of the Cuyahoga Regatta (HOTC), open to high school, college and adult competitors from across America who compete in sweep and sculling events.

The Cuyahoga’s singularly circuitous topography lends itself to the type of challenging navigation required to total 4800 meters, or “head race,” a standard measure for fall regattas nationwide.

When HOTC began in 1996, it was named a Cleveland Bicentennial event that drew over 250 competitors. With increased sponsorship and volunteers, HOTC has gained support from the U.S. Coast Guard and, for the first time, includes 500 meter dash prizes.

There’s a 500 entry cap. At this writing, at least 360 entries in 41 clubs were registered. Admission for participants costs: Eights $90, Fours/Quads $70, Doubles/Pairs $45, Singles $35.

The river will be closed to all traffic, including commercial, during the race. Organizers highly recommend that visitors/spectators visit the following URL for directions/parking before attending: www.regattacentral.com/


[Written by Lucy McKernan]

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