Head of the Rock Regatta canceled due to high river levels

ROCKFORD (WREX) — The 33rd Annual Head of the Rock Regatta has been canceled due to flood stage water levels on the Rock River.

This year’s rowing event was scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 13.

Last year’s race was also cancelled due to high river levels on the Rock River.

In 2017, the Head of the Rock Regatta was one of the top five time-trial competitions in the United States, according to Regatta Central.

Here’s what the YMCA of Rock River Valley posted on their website regarding the race:

“It is with great regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Head of the Rock Regatta this year. The river is closed indefinitely due to flooding with a strong current, and the weather forecast north of us doesn’t look promising. The conditions are not safe for the athletes. We’d like to thank all of the volunteers who have put in many hours of time to prepare for this event. Hoping we’ll be back in 2020!”

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Andrew Carrigan

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