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    Head of the Charles Regatta: By the numbers

    Marking its 50th year, the event on October 18 and 19 is arguably the nation’s most famous rowing competition.

    Philadelphia’s Drexel rowing alumni compete in 2012. photograph by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/file Illustrations by iStockphoto
    John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/file
    Philadelphia’s Drexel rowing alumni compete in 2012.

    The Head of the Charles Regatta, marking its 50th year, is arguably the nation’s most famous rowing competition. It takes place October 18 and 19 this year.

    11,000

    Number of athletes competing this year

    32

    Number of countries represented

    1965

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    Year that Cambridge Boat Club members, looking for something a little more exciting to do in the fall than just train, created the race

    3 miles

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    Length of race

    The course runs upstream from the Boston University Boathouse in Cambridge to Christian Herter Park in Allston.

    8 A.M. TO 7 P.M.

    Memorial Drive will be closed from the Cambridge Boat Club to Western Avenue.

    Members of lightweight teams cannot average more than

    Women: 125 pounds

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    Men: 155 pounds

    61

    Number of races

    1

    Number of events a competitor may enter, with the exception of the Director’s Challenge charity races

    1,205

    Number of crews allowed to enter

    400,000

    Number of spectators

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