Cincinnati Wins Bid to Host USRowing National Championship 2019-2021
The Cincinnati region is proud to announce it has been chosen to host the USRowing National Championships in July 2019. The event will take place William H. Harsha Lake in East Fork State Park, just 30 minutes east of Cincinnati. The park hosted the event from 2015 to 2017 and will once again be home to the National Championship from 2019 through 2021. Event dates are set for July 9-14, 2019.
The USRowing National Championship will be a special event featuring North America's top natural rowing course and showcasing the top competitors in America aiming for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The 2017 USRowing event hosted in Cincinnati brought nearly 2,000 rowing athletes to the region representing 114 clubs from 28 states and several international countries.
“We are excited to bring our summer national championship event back to Cincinnati's Lake Harsha,” said USRowing CEO Patrick McNerney. “Lake Harsha has a long and storied history of hosting some of our nation’s top events. We look forward to working with the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau to put on spectacular regattas for our athletes, coaches and fans, and to continue to invest in a great venue at East Fork State Park.”
The Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau will be the primary host of the event, with support from the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau and various regional partners. The event is expected to fill more than 2,000 hotel rooms in Hamilton and Clermont Counties.
“Clermont County and the Cincinnati region are honored to partner with USRowing in hosting the National Championships for the next three years,” said Jeff Blom, President of the Clermont County CVB. “Our hotels, restaurants, attractions and retail shops in the region all enjoy increased business during the week-long competition. We look forward to hosting USRowing events for many years to come.”
“Partnering with the Clermont County CVB on this event demonstrates the collaborative spirit and shared vision of our region’s tourism and hospitality community,” said Julie Calvert, President and CEO of the Cincinnati USA CVB. “Our entire region will feel the energy and impact that an event of this caliber can bring.”
Most recently known as the USRowing Club National Championships, the event will drop “Club” from its title moving forward and be rebranded as the USRowing National Championships to reflect the re-integration of the elite-level race categories. This summer’s events will be expanded to six days and will crown national champions in the U17, U19, intermediate and elite/senior categories.
The Queen City is no stranger to championship regattas. Harsha Lake, which features a 2,000 meter, seven- lane buoyed course, hosted the USRowing Club National Championships from 2015-2017, USRowing Youth Nationals from 1995-2010 and National Collegiate Rowing Championships from 1982-1996. In addition, this venue hosts the yearly Midwest Junior Championship and Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club High School Championship Regatta in the spring.
Those interested in participating, volunteering or sponsoring the USRowing National Championships, can contact the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 513-732-3600 or www.visitclermontohio.com/usrowing.
About the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau is a sales, marketing and service organization whose primary responsibility is to positively impact Hamilton County's and the City of Cincinnati's economy through convention, trade show and visitor expenditures. The travel and tourism industry traditionally has been a $5.3 billion industry in Cincinnati USA, employing more than 80,000 people in a variety of fields and bringing 26.6 million visitors to the region annually. Visit www.cincyusa.com for more.