Head of the Mississippi

  • Hosted By: Minneapolis Rowing Club
  • Cancelled


Racing Map (PDF)

MRC Launch and Return Traffic Pattern at MRC (PDF)

Regatta Information and Schedule


The only way to register for the HOTM is through Regatta Central. Registration is currently open, entries close Wednesday, October 2nd. 

Entry fees are by boat: $75 for an Eight, $50 for Quads and Fours, $40 for Doubles and Pairs, and $25 for Singles. Entry fees must be paid in order to pick up your race packet/bow numbers on the day of the regatta. Entry fees are not refundable.

**NEW** There will be NO LATE ENTRIES made online after Wednesday, October 2nd. Any new entries after this time will need to be made through the Clerk of Course the day of the regatta and are subject to a $25 late entry fee.

Crew Changes & Scratches

Changes may be made online at Regatta Central until Wednesday, October 2 at midnight. After this time crew-lineup changes and scratches must be made through the Clerk of Course at least one hour ahead of the scheduled race time. No shows at the start line are subject to a $25 scratch fee (ie you scratch an entry and don’t let us know ahead of time).



Trailer and shells can be parked at River Flats Park – see directions – next to the University of Minnesota’s Boat House.  Security will be provided beginning at 7:00 PM on Friday.  There is no parking of trailers at Minneapolis Rowing Club.



The race is rowed upstream and has several bridges, channel markers and other obstacles to be aware of.  It is a beautiful course beginning at Minneapolis Rowing Club and ending approximately 3 miles upstream.  Please refer to the local rules for further information.



A representative from each club/University racing needs to attend.  At the River Flats Park (U’s boathouse) – 7:30 AM.



Races begin at 8:45 AM.  Watch your time and allow at least 30 minutes to row to the starting area from River Flats Park. Please be aware of your time.  Boats late to the line will not be allowed to race unless directed to do so by the officials. 

If you wish to add a boat or change ages in a boat please do so at least one hour prior to scheduled race time.  If you wish to scratch a boat please do so ASAP. Fees may apply.

An Event List is included in this packet. Please see Regatta Central for any updates.



Are provided in your registration packet. Entry fees must be paid in order to pick up your race packet/bow numbers on the day of the regatta.



“Masters”: Rowers who have attained or will attain the age of 27 during the calendar year.  A competitor’s age is determined as of December 31 or the current calendar year. 

“Juniors”: High school or community rowing programs where the oldest rower will not have attained the age of 19 by the end of the calendar year in which the race occurs.

“Novice/Freshman”: Any rower who began rowing May 2019 or later and/or is in their first year of rowing at the collegiate level.

“Open/Collegiate”: Any rower or crew representing a college or university, either as a club or varsity sport, and any non-collegiate rower or crew not otherwise classified or affiliated. NOTE: No Junior may cox or row in a boat entered in any collegiate events.



Handicaps are based on the standard USRA rules.  If you fail to provide ages for each rower on Regatta Central registration they will be assigned the age of 27 and averaged at that.



Any protest can be made in writing at the registration area within 60 minutes of race finish.  A $25 protest fee must accompany a written protest note.  The $25 will be returned if protest is upheld.



Will be given for first place finishers that have at least 2 entries.



**Note there will be a UMN tailgating event going on for homecoming in the same parking area. Please park personal vehicles in the one of the several pay lots in the area. There is also street parking above the River Flats Park (look for stairs to come back down).  All meters are enforced so pay attention.



See Local Racing Rules