Olympic Hopefuls Stop at Head of the Charles Regatta - NECN

Olympic Hopefuls Stop at Head of the Charles Regatta

The Head of the Charles Regatta is a Boston tradition with a rich history

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    11K Athletes at 55th Head of the Charles Regatta

    It's a Boston tradition with a rich history, and there are 11,000 athletes representing 24 countries in 66 events at the 55th annual Head of The Charles regatta.

    (Published Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019)

    With the 2020 Summer Olympics on the horizon, many of the best rowers in the world are participating in the 55th Head of the Charles Regatta. This year’s competition features more than 11,000 athletes from 24 countries racing in 66 events.

    The start line is at the Boston University Boathouse. The finish line is near Gerter Park. The course is three miles long and runs upstream.

    The six bridges along the course are great vantage points for spectators, and there is plenty of space along the riverbank. The BU Bridge, River Street Bridge, Western Avenue Bridge, Weeks Bridge, Anderson Bridge, and Eliot Bridge are all free and open to spectators.

    Barbara Fraumeni first rowed in the womens' nationals' race in 1966, and then went on to win five national titles. For the last 30 years, she's been umpiring the even, and she's not only seen the sport grow, but watched women become a huge part of its core.

    In Regatta's 55th Year, Women Are Vital Piece of it All

    [NECN] In Regatta's 55th Year, Women Are Vital Piece of it All

    The Boston tradition brought 11,000 athletes to the Charles River.

    (Published Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019)

    the sun is out 
    the foliage is vibrant 
    and thousands of people are ready to row the charles river. 
    barbara fraumeni
    7:02:26 i rowed in the first womens’ nationals in 1966 subsequently won 5 national titles as a scully
    barbar fraumeni around when the head of the charles began..
    and now she’s been umpiring the vent for 30 years…
    and she’s seen not only the sport grow—but women become a huge part of its core.
    7:04:45 i rode for 6 years before i saw my first woman in another race in scull. and that was just before the women’s nationals. and now with title 9 and everything womens rowing is growing. 

    "I rode for six years before I saw my first woman in another race... and that was just before the women’s nationals," Fraumeni said. "And now with Title IX and everything, women's rowing is growing."

    Saturday’s races were scheduled from 7:45 a.m. to 4:43 p.m. The Sunday races are set for 7:45 a.m. to 4:12 p.m.

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