CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- They hail from Canada, Finland, Australia and 30 U.S. states. Some are teenagers, and others are 80 years old -- but the 10,000 people arriving in Chattanooga this weekend all share one common purpose: They are here to row.

The annual Head of the Hooch Rowing Regatta kicks off today at Ross's Landing in downtown Chattanooga. About 2,000 boats will race in more than 80 events during the two-day rowing competition.

The 33-year-old regatta has been based in Chattanooga for the past seven years, Director Daniel Wolff said, and Chattanooga's riverfront is an ideal spot for such a large event.

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