New events are being added to the 2024 Bethany Medical North Carolina Rowing Championships presented by the Lenny Peters Foundation for 2024 - and they are not all rowing related.
The massive rowing regatta hosted by Triad United rowing Association is already North Carolina's biggest annual rowing event drawing close to 350 boats to High Point's Oak Hollow Lake at Festival Park.
The rowing championships are scheduled for Saturday, April 20 and race director Gene Kininmonth says this year's event will include new fun team friendly activities.
New events will include 'Egg & Spoon' relays, 'three legged rower' relays, 'wheelbarrow races' and a Tug of War event. Events will be classified for Rowers, Parents, and younger children. There will also be a Best in Show Pet Dog competition so please bring your furry friends to Festival Park.
"We want our visiting rowers to think of coming to High Point as a fun experience. There is often a lot of down time for rowers in between races and it is quite possible that some of these events, although just fun and silly, may become more intensely competitive than the actual rowing races."
Entry for the land events is free.
For a more upscale experience spectators are also invited to enjoy watching the races from the Lenny Peters Regatta Lounge, which opens at 8am. The lounge fee includes morning coffee, pastries, hot lunch, champagne or a signature cocktail and the best view of the racing. Early bird rates are currently available.
Thousands of spectators are expected for the 8th running of the championships, with teams travelling from surrounding states and Washington DC.
"They come with their families and stay overnight. This will give a nice boost to the local economy. Our goal is to make this the city of High Point's biggest annual outdoor sporting event,” says Kininmonth.
Rowers will race in youth, collegiate, and Masters categories.
In addition to the new events, spectators will also enjoy Carolina Beach Blast music and feast from a number of food trucks serving coffee, slushies, burgers and tacos.
WANT TO GO? Races begin at 9am and conclude at 4pm. The regatta is open to the general public and admission is free. Parking is $10.
WHERE? 1841 Eastchester Drive, High Point, NC 27265
The Regatta Lounge: Looking for a more comfortable way to spend your day at the lake? Join us in the Regatta Lounge for lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Enjoy a glass of champagne or a signature Regatta cocktail while watching the races and making new rowing friends. Opens at 8am for coffee and pastries. Advance bookings are required. All inclusive for $75 (see link here for early bird rate at $40).
COMPETITORS & COACHES: Visit REGATTA CENTRAL to see rules and eligibility requirements and to place your race entry. There is no limit to the number of races a rower participates in.