The Head of the Schuylkill Regatta is an exciting, two-day race that draws fans from around the entire world here to Philadelphia year after year. (Photo courtesy Head of the Schuylkill Regatta)
This fall, rowers from all over the world will stream in to Philadelphia for the renowned Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, returning Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27.
What began with just 160 rowers in 1971 is now the the largest one-day rowing competition in the world — and it’s right here in Philadelphia. Due to the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta’s growing popularity, the race became a two-day event back in 2008.
The 2.5-mile race invites competitors of all ages and skill levels, from high school to veteran rowers, to test their racing mettle on the Schuylkill River.
The race runs down the Schuylkill from just south of the Twin Bridges to Boathouse Row, with an expected 6,500 competitors.
The annual race attracts not only many thousands of competitors, but also thousands of spectators.
One and all are invited to watch the crews in action — we recommend the Columbia Avenue Bridge as a vantage point — and snack from vendors at the festival tent.
So, get ready to welcome action on the river this season as this exciting event once again takes to the shores and water of the Schuylkill River.
Check back for more as the event makes its approach.
Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta
When: October 26-27
Where: Kelly Drive
More info: www.hosr.org