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The 45th Head of the Schuylkill River Set to Row for Clean Water in Late October

by Sarah Marshall, smarshall@usrowing.org | Oct 06, 2015
The Head of the Schuylkill River, the final leg of the Fall Fury series and considered one of the three fall classics, has been a staple in fall head racing for nearly half a century. This year, the historic regatta will be celebrating time-held traditions and initiating new and innovative practices as well.
The Head of the Schuylkill River, the final leg of the famed, Fall Fury series and considered one of the three fall classics, has been a staple in fall head racing for nearly half a century. This year, the historic regatta will be celebrating time-held traditions and initiating new and innovative practices as well.

First held in the 1874, the Head of the Schuylkill is the largest regatta in Philadelphia and15642716175_476073eee8_z the second largest in the United States. Set in the shadow of the iconic Boathouse Row, this year’s events will be extra memorable as the regatta sets the new standard for USRowing’s new “Row for Clean Water” initiative.

By partnering with Philadelphia Water, the HOSR will be distributing 10,000 reusable water bottles as regatta planners encourage competitors and spectators to avoid cluttering the environment and keeping the waterways clean.

“We have come to realize that we can put our high-profile event to good use," said Event Coordinator Ellen Carver. "We know that we must give back to our community. Partnering with Philadelphia Water is the perfect way to set an example for using reusable bottles and refillable kiosks to keep our environment safe for future generations. We could not ask for better partners and hope other regattas and sporting events will do the same.”

HOSR_ReusableBottler24ozBlue_MockupIn addition to distributing the reusable water bottles, the water department will also be installing water kiosks for refills along Kelly Drive and the Schuykill River.

Saturday’s schedule is full of exciting racing including the Gold Cup Challenge, the Corporate Challenge, the Redgrave Challenge and the popular Alumni Races.

The HOSR and Alumni Sprints will present the coveted Betterridge Trophy to the highest points winners of the Alumni Race winners while Sir Steven Redgrave will be on site to present the Gold Cup as well as other awards throughout the day.
For more information on this year’s Gold Cup Challenge, click here.

In the midst of the competition, Vesper Boat Club will also be celebrating its 150th15456585477_5cb0fd0b4f_z anniversary with a celebratory row-by with former and present club members as well as Olympians and U.S. National Team members.

Record high numbers in the high school category will certainly make Sunday’s racing just as exciting as Saturday’s elite activities.

"In forty-five years the regatta has grown from twelve participating clubs and a handful of volunteers to a two-day regatta with more than two hundred and forty participating organizations and more than two hundred and fifty volunteers. The founding principal, a race for all who want to compete in a head race, still stands today. Being able to expand our reach, welcome the growing number of youth programs and become an important event on the regatta calendar is a result of a lot of hard work by a very dedicated group of people who believe in what we do."

Registration for the event closes October 6 at midnight. To register, click here.
For more information on the 45th Head of the Schuylkill River, click here
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