Worcester, Mass.—USRowing is pleased to announce the date and location of the 2016 USRowing Masters National Championships, scheduled for August 18-21, on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. The event, hosted by Destination Worcester and Quinsigamond Rowing Association, features athletes 21 and older competing for national titles in 202 categories.
“Worcester’s history of hosting regattas of high caliber and importance promises to be a great experience for the Masters rowing community,” said USRowing Events Manager A.J. Dominique. “We expect to have the nearby Boston rowing community make a strong showing and possibly break the record set in Camden.”
Hosting regattas since the mid-1850s, Lake Quinsigamond has been an ideal location for crews to compete and establish numerous boat clubs around the lake’s shores. In 1952, the lake held the 1952 National Olympic rowing trials. Destination Worcester, the region’s travel and tourism agency, played an integral role in helping to secure the 2016 rowing competition.
“We are pleased to be the chosen venue for the USRowing Masters National Championships and look forward to welcoming thousands of participants from across the country to Worcester,” said Christina M. Andreoli, Executive Director, Destination Worcester. “The four-day event is expected to attract more than 6,000 visitors to the region,” she added.
“We are very excited to welcome everyone back to Lake Quinsigamond,” said treasurer of Quinsigamond Rowing Association Patrick Diggins. “We are looking to break that new record set in Camden and regain our crown for hosting the largest USRowing event ever.”
Lake Quinsigamond has played host to a number of USRowing National Championship Regattas, as well as NCAA and ECAC college events including the 2015 NEIRA, BIG EAST and Patriot League Championships. In 2005 and 2012, Lake Quinsigamond hosted the USRowing Masters National Championships.
“I’m thrilled that US Rowing will be coming back to Lake Quinsigamond for the 2016 US Rowing Masters National Championships,” said Edward Augustus, City Manager, City of Worcester. “My administration is eager to work closely with all stakeholders to ensure the event is a resounding success. We look forward to once again showcasing our city and our world class rowing venue to thousands of rowing fans from across the country.”
This year’s USRowing Masters National Championships, held on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J., featured 2,024 competitors from 149 rowing organizations across the country making it the largest USRowing event ever held.
For more information about the venue, visit Lake Quinsigamond website at http://www.qrarowing.org.
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