BY LUKE REYNOLDS
PHOTO BY SPORTGRAPHICS
In a release published March 4, USRowing announced the 2020 USRowing National Championships will be moved from Lake Harsha in Bethel, Ohio, to the Cooper River in Camden County, New Jersey. The event will still be held July 14-19.
The decision to move to Camden centered mainly around response from the rowing community according to Brett Johnson, senior director of programs and communications for USRowing.
“During the open comment period for the entry packet in December and through the first couple of weeks of January, we were receiving a lot of feedback from our members regarding the location of the USRowing National Championships,” Johnson said. “We decided to explore the option of moving the regatta in response to that feedback. The Clermont Sports Development Corporation graciously worked with us to help make that happen. Harsha Lake at East Fork State Park is a wonderful venue, and the LOC does an exceptional job of providing our athletes with an outstanding race experience. We look forward to working with them for future national championships.”
USRowing is working with event coordinators to facilitate refunds for those who made travel arrangements to Ohio earlier in the year.
“We are working with our housing partners, HBC Event Services, and the Clermont Sports Development Corporation to make sure that all hotel deposits are refunded,” Johnson said. “We are trying to make the move as seamless as possible.”
Johnson also said USRowing intends on bringing future events to Lake Harsha and will announce information regarding those events later in the year.