Photos: A look back at the Head of the Rock

Head of the Rock Regatta events were held  Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12, along the banks of the Rock River between Riverside Bridge and Whitman Bridge in Rockford. A “Community Challenge Event” was held Saturday, with six community teams participating in a sprint race. Sunday, more than 2,000 athletes representing regional rowing clubs and collegiate teams from eight of the Big Ten schools competed. The Head of the Rock Regatta is a rowing race of 5,000 meters (3.2 miles) on the Rock River, beginning at Martin Park and finishing at the YMCA. It is a sanctioned event of the United States Rowing Association, requiring the observance of USRowing race protocol. The Head of the Rock has expanded over the past 29 years into one of the Midwest’s premier rowing events. Head of the Rock Regatta is hosted by the YMCA Rowing Crew with support from the YMCA and community sponsors. Details are at www.headoftherock.org. Pictured: teamwork required both in and out of the boat. (Photo by Jon McGinty)
Head of the Rock Regatta events were held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12, along the banks of the Rock River between Riverside Bridge and Whitman Bridge in Rockford. A “Community Challenge Event” was held Saturday, with six community teams participating in a sprint race. Sunday, more than 2,000 athletes representing regional rowing clubs and collegiate teams from eight of the Big Ten schools competed. The Head of the Rock Regatta is a rowing race of 5,000 meters (3.2 miles) on the Rock River, beginning at Martin Park and finishing at the YMCA. It is a sanctioned event of the United States Rowing Association, requiring the observance of USRowing race protocol. The Head of the Rock has expanded over the past 29 years into one of the Midwest’s premier rowing events. Head of the Rock Regatta is hosted by the YMCA Rowing Crew with support from the YMCA and community sponsors. Details are at www.headoftherock.org. Pictured: teamwork required both in and out of the boat. (Photo by Jon McGinty)
A racing crew gets some assistance in docking their boat. (Photo by Jon McGinty)
A racing crew gets some assistance in docking their boat. (Photo by Jon McGinty)
Rowers head for the finish in Sunday’s Regatta. (Photo by Jon McGinty)
Rowers head for the finish in Sunday’s Regatta. (Photo by Jon McGinty)

From the Oct. 15-21, 2014, issue

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