The 2015 USRowing Club National Championships will take place at East Fork State Park on Harsha Lake from July 15-19.
By Chris Chaney
For the second time this week, the collective eyeballs of an entire sport will focus on the Greater Cincinnati Area as the United States Rowing Association will hold the USRowing Club National Championships on Harsha Lake in East Fork State Park from July 15-19.
“It is great to have Harsha Lake back on the national scene. The new energy from the programs and local governments is really encouraging,” USRowing Events Manager AJ Dominique said in the organization’s announcement. “Those resources are what have allowed us to bring this event to the area and continue the momentum for revitalizing the venue. At the end of the day, there are not many seven-lane racecourses in the country. It is exciting to see this one back in the spotlight.”
“We are absolutely thrilled to have USRowing back at East Fork State Park and Harsha Lake,” Paul Schmid, head coach for Clermont Crew and a director of the Clermont County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, said. “It’s really gratifying to have this superb body of water once again among the top rowing destinations in the U.S. We look forward to putting on a special and memorable event for our visitors.”
Harsha Lake has long been a mainstay on the regatta rota, hosting National Championships in each of the last four decades. The National Collegiate Rowing Championships were held at East Fork from 1983-1996 while the USRowing Youth National Championships overlapped for a two years and continued for 14 more from 1995-2010 on Harsha’s waters.
Later this year, Harsha is also scheduled to host the Cincinnati Regatta, the Cincinnati High School Invitational, the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships and the Head of the Hidden Dragon.
Many organizations, along with our local economic development agencies, our dynamic county commission and our legislative delegation, have really worked together to make this happen.”
“The commitment displayed by the rowing community here in Clermont County was instrumental in securing this great event,” Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer said in a release. “We are happy to have so many local partners as we take this opportunity to showcase one of Ohio’s state parks on a national stage.”
David Uible, Clermont County Commissioner, added, “We’re thrilled to see East Fork and Harsha Lake back in action with the 2015 USRowing Club Nationals, and we’re really looking forward to starting a bright new chapter in the venue’s history.”
The Club National Championships has become one of the largest summer regattas in the country over the past several years. The event will feature five full days of racing by more than 1,500 crews.
Racing was scheduled to begin on Wednesday, July 15. A live stream of the finals will be available on USRowing’s YouTube page. A full itinerary of events and more information about the championships is available at http://www.usrowing.org/events_new/clubnationals
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