The Rumson Boat Race, the 8th Annual Collegiate Rowing Regatta sponsored by Morgan Stanley, returns to the Navesink River on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Drexel, Villanova, Army-West Point and Rutgers varsity crews will compete for the Governor’s and Mayor’s Cups. The two-day event kicks off with the Rumson Boat Race Benefit Reception on Friday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Rumson to welcome the coaches while the collegiate athletes enjoy dinner at Rumson’s Bingham Hall. Tickets are available to the public at www.rfhrowing.com/rumsonboatrace.
The Rumson Boat Race is slated to begin at 8:00 a.m., with the collegiate crews launching from Victory Park at 7:30 a.m. Spectators will enjoy new family activities at Rumson’s Victory Park, including the first annual Duck Race, breakfast from local shops, kid-friendly table activities, and “Art in the Park”, featuring Rumson-Fair Haven student art pieces. Weather permitting, the race will be live streamed to watch the crews compete as they race along the Navesink River. Ducks are available for purchase at www.rfhrowing.com/rumsonboatrace. The top three duck race winners will be awarded cash prizes.
The proceeds from the weekend events will be utilized to purchase new boats and equipment for the RFH Rowing Team which just completed is most successful season since the inception of the program in 2007, including the 2017 Women’s 4+ Varsity New Jersey State Championship and the 2017 SRAA National Regatta Women’s Varsity 4+ Petite Final Champions. The 2017 spring regatta season, featuring sculling and sweeping crews at regional, state and national regattas, produced 11 gold medals, two silver and six bronze medals. Since 2012, the RFH Rowing Team has had 35 athletes recruited to Division 1 & II rowing programs. Alumni from 2016 and 2017 recruiting classes have included UPenn, Notre Dame, Bucknell, Rutgers, Miami, and Loyola.
Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available. Please reach out to Dawn-Marie Ciardiello at RFHRowing.firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. The Rumson Boat Race, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, supports the RFH rowing team and promotes the culture of rowing in the Rumson-Fair Haven communities.