Monday, October 5, 2009

Head of the Ohio

The Head of the Ohio crew regatta was held here in Pittsburgh last Saturday. The Head of the Ohio is the tenth largest rowing regatta in the nation, and features competitors from all over the United States. Competitors are also all ages -- from novice rowers in their early teens to "Master" rowers in their 70's (not rowing against each other, of course). This event, which is always held on the first Saturday in October, is a wonderful way to spend the day if you are visiting Pittsburgh. The main viewing area is on the North bank of the Allegheny river, which features a wonderful park and a variety of dining establishments, such as Jerome Betttis Grille 36. It attracts thousands of people, and is well worth your time even if you do not know much about rowing.

The HOTO is sponsored by the Three Rivers Rowing Association, which is located on nearby Washington's Landing, with a state of the art boathouse and anything a rowing enthusiast might need. TRRA offers classes in sculling and kayaking, as well as a variety of other programs.

(On a personal note, my 15 year old daughter Laura's TRRA Juniors lightweight 4 came in sixth out of 13 boats; her teammates came in first in the HS girls' 8 race out of more than 20 competitors.)

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