Regatta Spotlight: Frogtown Regatta
By Jules Zane • September 19, 2018
Rowers from across the Midwest will descend on Toledo, Ohio, this weekend for the annual Frogtown Regatta. This popular head race is hosted by the Toledo Rowing Club on the mighty Maumee River and is this week’s USRowing Registered Regatta of the Week.
“We are in our 33rd year for the Frogtown Regatta,” Executive Director Amy Massamore said. “It’s typically a high school event for juniors from this part of the Midwest, but we do have masters and collegiate teams that will row in the regatta as well. Usually crews from all five states right around us will attend, but occasionally some will come from as far as Tennessee.”
The Frogtown Regatta used to be held on a slightly different course, but in recent years, changes were made to further improve safety and provide spectators a better experience.
“In previous years, we ran a 5,000-meter race northbound towards the Maumee Bay on Lake Erie, but recently we decreased the distance for safety,” Massamore said. “It just gets choppy closer to the bay, and since the Maumee River is an international waterway, we have to jump through a lot of hoops to hold an event here.”
Those hoops include seeking approval from both the Coast Guard and Homeland Security to host their regatta.
“We are now running a fully-buoyed, 3,000-meter course inside a more protected area of the river,” Massamore said. “It’s some of the best spectator viewing in the Midwest, because you can easily see the last quarter of the race and see the faces of the rowers once they get to the finish line. The finish is right by the Toledo Riverwalk, which means that if you loudly cheer on your favorites, they will most definitely hear you!”
The Frogtown Regatta is of a great importance to the club organizing it and to rowing in the Toledo area.
“This regatta is our annual fundraiser for the Toledo Rowing Club,” Massamore said. “It helps to offset our operating expenses, and it allows us to expand our boat fleet and facilities.”
It takes a sizable regatta to do that, and this year, the team behind the Frogtown Regatta is working hard to make it bigger than ever.
“We typically end up having around 350 to 400 entries, but the cap this year is 450, and we hope to get to that number in these final days with an extended deadline,” Massamore said.
Interested in racing at the Frogtown Regatta or see a full list of attending teams? Check out the Frogtown Regatta’s page on Regatta Central. For more information about the Toledo Rowing Club, click here.
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