USRowing Championships Return to Neighboring County


(Story submitted by Game Day Communications)

BETHEL, OH --  The 2023 USRowing Summer National Championships will return to Harsha Lake at East Fork Lake State Park in Bethel, Ohio from July 13 through 16.

Hosted by the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Championships will be a four- day regatta and will determine National Champions in the U16, U17, Youth, U23, and Open 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. Races start at 7:30am-8am each day. For more information, visit

The competition schedule (men’s and women’s) is as follows:

· Thursday, July 13: Time trials for U17 and Youth, Semi Finals in afternoon

· Friday, July 14: Semi-Finals in morning for U17 and youth, Grand Finals in afternoon

· Saturday, July 15: Time Trials in morning for U23 and Open, Semi-finals in afternoon

· Sunday, July 16: Semi-finals in morning for U23 and Open and Grand Finals in afternoon

To date, more than 1,400 athletes from 71 rowing clubs across 20 states, District of Columbia and Canada are represented in this year’s field.

One local Cincinnati athlete to root for is Chris Bak. He won the gold medal in the men’s solo event at the 2022 World Rowing Beach Sprint Finals (as well as the bronze medal in the mixed quadruple sculls with coxswain) and has qualified for the 2023 World Rowing Beach Sprint Finals this year (in both those events) as well. Chris will be racing in the Open Single and Open Double at summer nationals.

“We are happy to have the USRowing Summer National Championships return to Clermont County this year,” said Jeff Blom, President of the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Our community really supports the event and the athletes, and we expect this year’s Championships to bring in approximately $2 million in economic impact to Clermont County and the Cincinnati region.”

“We look forward to bringing the USRowing Summer National Championships back to Clermont County's Harsha Lake,” said USRowing CEO Amanda Kraus. “Harsha has a long history of hosting top national rowing events, and we look forward to working with the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau to provide our athletes, coaches, and fans with an outstanding experience."

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