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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. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/file

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.


Number of athletes competing this year


Number of countries represented


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

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

Men: 155 pounds


Number of races



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


Number of crews allowed to enter


Number of spectators

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