Each October thousands of athletes from nations all across the globe make their way to the banks of the Charles River to partake in the world famous Head of the Charles Regatta. Since its inception in 1965, the Head of the Charles has been known as one of the world’s finest and most inviting rowing races for both competitors and spectators. The 2013 race takes place this Saturday and will finish up on Sunday. The HOCR course consists of a 3-mile row that will challenge the physical and mental strength of each athlete. Rowers will begin near the DeWolfe Boathouse located right before the BU Bridge spanning the Charles River. After passing five additional bridges within the next three miles the rowers will cross the finish line near the Cambridge Boat Club.
What makes the Head of the Charles such a special event? Every athlete, no matter what finishing position, will forever remember their row from Boston University past Harvard and down toward the Cambridge Boat Club. The thousands of spectators who cheer on their friends, family and alumni participating in the race enjoy the natural fall beauty along the historic banks of the Charles River. If you are around the Boston area and looking for something to do before the Red Sox game, you would be hard pressed to find a better option than taking in the Head of the Charles. There will be fan favorites in both food and drink vendors from all throughout Boston. If you’re looking for more information be sure to visit the official website of the Headof the Charles!