Clermont County’s Jeff Blom shares his vision for hosting future national events
The 2019 USRowing National Championships, most recently known as the U.S. Rowing Club National Championships, returns to Harsha Lake at East Fork Lake State Park in Bethel, Ohio through Sunday.
Hosted by the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Championships will be expanded to six days and will determine National Champions in the U17, U19, intermediate and elite/senior categories.
The event is free and open for the general public to attend to enjoy a day of rowing competition on the lake with free parking. For more information, visit www.visitclermontohio.com.
The competition schedule is as follows:
Thursday, July 11: the U17 and U19 Finals
Friday, July 12: Time Trials for intermediate, senior and elite levels
Saturday, July 13: intermediate, senior and elite levels Semifinals
Sunday, July 14: intermediate, senior and elite levels Finals
The National Championships were also held in Clermont County in 2017 with more than 2,000 athletes from 115 different clubs competing. To date, more than 1,600 athletes from 23 states and three countries are represented in this year’s field.
Cincinnati is no stranger to championship regattas. Competition will take place at William H. Harsha Lake in East Fork State Park, which features a 2,000 meter, seven-lane buoyed course. Harsha Lake was also the home of USRowing Club National Championships from 2015-2017, USRowing Youth Nationals from 1995-2010 and National Collegiate Rowing Championships from 1982-1996. In addition, this venue hosts the yearly Midwest Junior Championship and Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club High School Championship Regatta in the spring.