Chicago River Marathon


The Chicago River Marathon is a 26.2 mile regatta that will challenge the toughest of rowers who seek an adventurous row that rivals the average head race. The race will start and end in the Bridgeport neighborhood and extend north to the Albany Park neighborhood before heading back south to the finish line. The course covers the dynamic range of Chicago’s neighborhoods surveying the changing landscape from industrial to natural prairie land. Rowers will race through Chicago’s famed downtown and will pass architecturally significant buildings like the Willis Tower, Civic Opera House, Merchandise Mart, The Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and Aqua Tower. The course will also lead rowers past the sites of Chicago’s four city boathouses. Perhaps most remarkably, the course runs under or past every single one of the city’s historic moveable bridges, of which Chicago has the most of any city in the world!

This year, the Chicago River Marathon has in the past partnered with The Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) to celebrate Paris and Chicago as sister cities and to expand the reach of The Rowing Exchange. Now in its 7th year, The Rowing Exchange was started by Susan Hackett  and is chaired by Stephanie Leese Emrich of The Paris Committee of CSCI. The inaugural event of the Rowing Exchange was in the fall of 2011, when The University of Chicago Crew sent student rowers to participate in La Traversée de Paris (The Crossing of Paris). This is an annual event on the Seine River and attracts rowers from over 25 different countries. In June of 2012, Parisians visited Chicago and were taken on a tour row.

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