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Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

An exciting, two-day race that draws fans from around the world

Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. Credit: Susan Cohen


October 25-26, 2014

The Experience

Enjoy a great fall weekend in Fairmount Park and take in a picturesque fall regatta. The 2.75-mile race is one of the major head race regattas during the fall rowing season and attracts high school and college competitors on Saturday, and elite and masters Sunday.

This 2.75-mile head race, which spans two 10-hour days of continuous rowing and includes 23 event categories, is a highlight for rowers from around the world. It attracts more than 6,000 competitors from 30 states and more than 10,000 spectators.

The racecourse starts near Twin Bridges and runs downriver, ending between the Girard Bridge and Boathouse Row. For more information about the Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, click the button below.

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Athletes of all ages and rowing levels will be participating in the event — including high school and college level rowers as well as masters, elite and previous world champions and Olympic gold medalists.

More than 75 colleges and 120 High Schools compete each year. About thirty-five percent of the rowers are master rowers (rowers that are older than 27).

Come Prepared

To make the day more enjoyable, bring chairs or a blanket, sun tan lotion, binoculars and some snacks.

Don’t Miss

Enjoy the festival atmosphere at the Three Angels Statue with food, music, vendors, boating and fun. A shuttle runs regularly from Lloyd Hall to the Festival Area, located one mile north of Boathouse Row.

Outsider’s Tip

Competitors travel from more than 28 states, as well as Canada and England, to compete in the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta,


Kelly Drive
Boathouse Row
Philadelphia, PA 19130

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