Sarasota-Bradenton to Host the 2017 WRCH “Superbowl” of Rowing

The Olympics may not be coming to Sarasota any time soon, but international rowers of Olympic standards will be heading to Southwest Florida for the 2017 World Rowing Championships (WRCH). This top international sporting event will take place from September 23 to October 1, 2017. As the “Superbowl” of competitive rowing, it is sure to be a thrilling event for participants and spectators of all ages, with a series of competitions and entertainment on both land and lake/water. | Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota is hosting the 2017 World Rowing Championship.

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What is WRCH 2017?

The World Rowing Championships are held in non-Olympic years and are the highlight of the rowing calendar in this increasingly popular sport. Now in its 48th year, this international rowing regatta is organized by FISA (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron), the governing body in the international sport of rowing.

The World Rowing Championships 2017 will include 21 boat classes over the nine-day event, which will be complemented by a “Fan Fest” of fun activities. | Vendors, food stands, Nathan Benderson Park Sarasota, Florida

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The WRCH has not been hosted in the USA since Indianapolis in 1994, but the newly developed Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida was seen as the perfect purpose-built venue for this prestigious 9-day event. With a 400-acre lake designed for recreational activities, the public park was developed in the 1990s and has become a premier regatta center with a 2,000-meter spring rowing course. As the only Grade A rowing facility in the USA, it is the only course in the USA currently qualified to host this elite sports championship. | Aerial view of Nathan Benderson Park Sarasota, Florida home of the 2017 World Rowing Championships

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Coupled with the excellent tourism infrastructure in the area, the World Rowing Championships are set to attract attention from over 300 media outlets across the world as they cover this popular world-class event.


Thanks to global TV coverage, the eyes of the world will be focused on Sarasota/Bradenton for this elite regatta. Two of the stars who are expected to take part are Gary and Paul O’Donovan, two brothers from Ireland who won a silver medal for rowing in the Rio Olympics. They hope to add to their impressive medal collection at WRVH2017 in Sarasota, Florida.

Preparations are already well underway and excitement is building for this showcase event which will attract 1700 athletes from over 60 countries. It will also draw thousands of spectators, from rowing enthusiasts to families of all ages, and is likely to generate an expected $25 million economic boost for local businesses, restaurants, and hotels. | Women's rowing competition Nathan Benderson Park Sarasota, Florida

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How to Get Involved in WRCH 2017 Today!

Attendees can look forward to daily live entertainment and music on the Fan Fest Stage along with sponsor booths, vendors, food trucks, bike rentals, door giveaways, local art shows, farmer’s market stalls, and more. WRCH 2017 tickets are already on sale for the event at remarkably family-friendly prices. Prices are as low as $20 for a 2-day pass, $30 for Beach Seats, and $80 for an 8-day Pass for those who don’t want to miss a thing! | Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota is hosting the 2017 World Rowing Championship.

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As well as purchasing tickets or booking a stand, local supporters can get involved by signing up for one of the 2,000 volunteering opportunities. Be right at the heart of the action and enjoy the satisfaction of helping to make this championship the best yet. Volunteers are needed for transportation, parking, language and translation services, administration, participating in test events, being a Team Ambassador, assisting with marketing and spreading the word through social media. Join the team by visiting the volunteer page on the WRCH2017 website and signing up for one of the available opportunities.

Stay ahead by signing up for the monthly WRCH 2017 e-newsletter to read inspirational background stories about the rowers and be first to hear the news as it is unveiled in the coming months. Alternatively, spread the word by wearing some of the stylish official merchandise, from hats to hoodies, to promote this historic Sarasota, Florida event.

Parking map for The 2017 World Rowing Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida.

Parking map for the 2017 The World Rowing Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida.

Written by: Gillian Birch | Author Website

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