Hawkeyes prepare for Head of the Iowa

Hawkeyes prepare for Head of the Iowa

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Annual fall regatta gives Iowa a chance to race in front of hometown crowd
An oar hovers above the waterThe Iowa women's rowing team has been putting in long hours this season. Their fall home event, the Head of the Iowa, takes place this Sunday. Photos by Tim Schoon.

Recently hired University of Iowa women's rowing coach Steve Pritzker has had approximately four months to see the passion behind the Hawkeye fan base. Pritzker is hoping that the support toward anything Black and Gold carries over to his first home event this weekend: the Head of the Iowa.

The annual Head of the Iowa regatta will be held Sunday at City Park in Iowa City. Races will run from 10 a.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m. Pritzker is looking forward to growing the regatta into an all-day event, with plenty of activities for families and fans.

"This is an event that can become a festival," Pritzker says. "It can be an event that the community embraces and comes to City Park to watch. We are going to bring back masters and youth races, expanding it to an event that everyone can get behind.

"The fall is a great time for a regatta like this. In the future, we would like to get food vendors out in City Park. The Head of the Iowa is right around Halloween, so having things like cotton candy, apple cider, and other themed food and drink can create a festival-type atmosphere. The competition is important, but we want the Head of the Iowa to be an event that entire families can come out to enjoy for the day."


Aaron Blau, UI Athletic Communications, 319-335-9411
Tim Schoon, University Communication and Marketing, 319-384-0053


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