Head of the Rock Regatta set for Oct. 14

Head of the Rock Regatta set for Oct. 14


More than 1300 people are expected to participate in one of the Midwest’s premier rowing events, the “Head of the Rock Rowing Regatta.” Now in its 16th year, the regatta will be held Sunday, Oct. 14 on the Rock River.

The Head of the Rock began in 1986 as a challenge match between the University of Wisconsin and Northwest University. This year, 18 others including the University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska and University of Iowa will join these schools. Rowing clubs from Madison, Chicago and Moline will also join the YMCA club.

The rowers will cover a 6,000-meter course (approximately 2.75 miles) from the start line at Martin Park to the finish at the YMCA. The Head of the Rock is a sanctioned event of the United States Rowing Association (USRA) requiring the observance of USRA race protocol, as well as certified USRA officials for timing and scoring.

Racing will begin at 6:45 a.m., with afternoon races continuing until approximately 3:25 p.m.

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