Did you hear that sound? It was the cumulative exhale of relief when Oklahoma City caught wind that there is life after the State Fair. Thousands of fair-goers experienced plenty of thrills, frills and the spending of many dollar bills during the 11 day extravaganza, but to some it’s not enough. Most Oklahoman’s are embracing the cooler weather we have been blessed with recently and would much rather spend time outdoors than in front of a television and slumbering on a couch.
Starting Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. the Oklahoma Regatta Festival, presented by Chesapeake Energy, will officially kickoff along the banks of the Oklahoma River in downtown Oklahoma City. What does that mean to Oklahoman’s? It means the opportunity to watch the international competition of the USA Rowing World Championship with teams from China, Germany, Canada and Italy. Not to mention the chance to watch some of the best collegiate rowers in America compete in the Oklahoma City University Head of the Oklahoma race.
If that isn’t enough to get your heart rate accelerated the OGE NightSprints on Friday and Saturday night will be sure to give your adrenaline a boost. These two nights of exciting racing under the lights will be a crowd pleaser. The Friday night session kicks off with more than 400 corporate rowers and dragon boat paddlers racing for medals and most importantly; bragging rights.
OGE NightSprints on Saturday will kick off featuring the Dragon Boat USA National Championship race. These boats will literally be flying on top of the water at 70 strokes per minute. The action will not stop there as the remainder of the evening will feature outstanding competition with paddle board relays, more Head of the Oklahoma competition and the USA Rowing World Challenge 500m sprints.
Saturday will be a day for the whole family to get involved. Beginning at 10 a.m. kids of all ages will have the opportunity to embark on the Olympic Experience and the RIVERSPORT Adventures. With activities ranging from learning how to row, kayaking on the Oklahoma River, climbing rock walls and racing remote control boats it will be hard to disappoint even the youngest of adventurers.
This weekend will be one filled with great weather, adventure, live music, great racing, fine food, and not to mention fireworks each night. Aside from the costs incurred with food and beverages and activities like kayaking, bicycling and the Zip Line Adventure, the entire weekend, designated as a springboard for the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games in London, is absolutely free. Be sure to visit the Oklahoma river events website for more information and details on this weekend and all future river events.