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In their latest broadcast, they look at the revival of Cleveland's Cuyahoga River, venue for Gay Games 9 rowing, as a major destination for competition.
The views of Cleveland's downtown skyline from the river
are one of the reasons USRowing chose the city for t
he debut of the Masters Head Race National Championship.
But the Cleveland Rowing Foundation is trying to change this stigma, and in September of 2012 the Cuyahoga River will host the inaugural USRowing Masters Head Race National Championship. Karen Schaeffer reports from Cleveland this week for Only A Game.
|The new boathouse at Rivergate Park in Cleveland |
can hold 125-rowing shells.
Two additional boathouses are planned,
one for the public and the other for scholastic teams.
“I think it’s going to be tremendous to have them come here and host in Cleveland,” Gang says. “It really puts our name on the map.”
Local supporters also hope that the national championship will boost the city’s economy by attracting more visitors to the Cuyahoga.
“The river has been… [a] wonderful resource that we have that many cities around the globe would lust after,” says Brad Whitehead, President of Cleveland’s Fund For Our Economic Future. “And I think we’re starting to rediscover it and see that it can be a heart of recreation in the community and a place where things are going on.”
Approximately 3,000 national competitors and fans are expected at next year’s race. After visiting three other cities, the event will return to Cleveland in 2016, at which point the Cuyahoga’s reputation as “the burning river” will — hopefully — be put to rest.