Regatta to Close Allegheny Saturday, Sunday to Boat Traffic
Between 40th Street Bridge and Point State Park
1 October 2016
By Michael Walton
The Allegheny River will close to boat traffic between 40th Street
Bridge and Point State Park while hundreds of rowers compete in
the Head of the Ohio Regatta.
The regatta, hosted by Three Rivers Rowing Association, will
feature races Saturday and Sunday, with the river shut down to
other boaters both days from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to the
This weekend marks the event's 30th anniversary. Rowers as young
as 13 will compete in almost continuous time-trial races that will
start in waves from about 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day. The
races each year draw from 1,200 to 1,500 competitors from places
as far away as Buffalo, Columbus and Austin, Texas, race director
Megan Kuehm said.
Adult rowers and collegiate teams will fill most of Saturday's
races, while youth and high school races will dominate Sunday's
schedule. Adaptive races for competitors with disabilities will
take place both days.
Boats will start between the 40th Street and 31st Street bridges
and race to a finish line near Point State Park. Kuehm encouraged
people to watch the action from the river's banks.
“It looks very easy from outside the boat, but what people don't
realize is the time, the energy and how much work the rowers do to
become one,” she said.
Michael Walton is a Tribune-Review staff writer. He can be reached
at 412-380-5627 or firstname.lastname@example.org.