Secret City Head Race

  • Hosted By: Oak Ridge Rowing Association, Inc.
  • USRowing Sanctioned Regatta

The 2023 Secret City Head Race - Oct 14-15, 2023
Melton Hill Lake, Oak Ridge, TN

 2023 Row for the Cure (Rowing Cares) Events:

                Event 28: Women's Youth 8+

                Event 38: Women's Masters 4+

                Event 66: Mixed Masters 8+







The Event Schedule for both Saturday and Sunday is posted.

New in 2023 - Collegiate events expanded, on both days, to include both Men's and Women's Novice and Collegiate 8+ and 4+. 

ORRA is delighted to include inclusive events at the Secret City Head Race. We have scheduled an Inclusive 2x (Saturday: Mixed Masters 2x) and Inclusive 4+ (Sunday: Mixed Masters Inclusive 4+), and are happy to consider other events.  Please contact us with those requests.

Course Maps are posted.  Full Packet posted.  Quick Reference posted.  Apparel online shop posted.

Here Now Schedule (link pending). Current Event Times are notional. The HereNow schedule will be authoritative.  

Here Now Heat Sheets (link pending)

Here Now Results (llink pending)                


The regatta features our traditional downstream course on Saturday and our throwback upstream course on Sunday. Both courses are 5000m and offer beautiful scenery and a challenging steering course that includes sweeping turns and bridges. Maps of the courses are posted below. They are completely independent, sharing only the same 5000-meter finish line. Watch for bald eagles and osprey on the downstream course. Heron sightings will be plentiful on the upstream course.

Events are offered on both days to allow coaches and athletes a wide variety of options to enter multiple events and multiple boatings.

Racing at the Head of the Charles Regatta? Come experience a challenging run on both courses as a final race prep before you leave for Boston!

ORRA looks to provide ample opportunities to race in events both Saturday and Sunday. However, due to Sunday being a shorter race day not all events will be offered. The order of races are hard to change so please use your line-up and entry skills and experience to plan accordingly. 

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please help us improve the lives of the more than 168,000 women and men living with metastatic breast cancer in the United States. Help us PINK OUT The Secret City Head Race, with the Saturday Mixed Masters 8+, Women's Masters 4+ and Women's Youth 8+ designated as Rowing Cares events.  Long-sleeve technical kit is included in your registration fee. Because of our pre-ordering limits,  RFTC registration that include the technical shirt wil close at the end of Standard Registration. All proceeds from these events will be donated by Oak Ridge Rowing Association to this wonderful cause. Start planning your line-ups! 

Planning your schedule for next year - 2024 Secret City Head Race Dates: October 12-13, 2024.         

Contact Miriam Ward
Email [email protected]
Phone +1 (865) 482-6538
Sanctioned by  
Chief Referee Andrew Cooke
Juniors Yes
High School Yes
Middle School Yes
Collegiate Yes
Open Yes
Masters Yes
Elite No
Para No
Inclusion No
Entry Fees (USD)
Standard Cost Early Cost Late Cost
0- Notification of Interest
1x (Singles) $50.00 $45.00 $60.00
2x | 2- (Doubles/Pairs) $70.00 $60.00 $80.00
4+ | 4x | 4x+ (Fours/Quads/Coxed Quads) $115.00 $100.00 $130.00
8+ (Eights) $155.00 $130.00 $175.00
Row For The Cure 4+ (Fours) $250.00 $200.00
Row For The Cure 8+ (Eights) $450.00 $360.00
Plus taxes if applicable
Max entries 1000 entries. This venue has a restriction on how many entries are permitted. Registration is closed when this cap is reach ( or the deadline passes, whichever occurs first.)