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Thousands of rowers gather for the head race, practice for Head of the Hooch

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Thousands of rowers pushed and pulled their way through the early morning rain at Ross' Landing for the 2015 Head Race. The Head Race kicks off River Rocks 2015.

“We row in everything; a little amount of rain isn't going to stop us,” said junior on the Georgia Tech team, Austin Gunnarson.

Saturday begins River Rocks 2015, a series of weekly events highlighting the beauty of Chattanooga’s natural resources.


“Kind of got started as a consortium of sports and venues we have in the city to highlight, whether it’s swimming, cannoning, kayaking, rock climbing you name it. River Rocks try’s to bring that together so we got incorporated in the River Rocks festival,” said event organizer Mike Connors.

Not only is the race starts River Rocks it also prepares teams for the rowing season.

“We are hoping to get into the race mentality a little bit more. Figure out race plans; maybe finalize line ups a little bit come the bigger races at the end of the season.”

In just a few weeks, it is the much anticipated Head of the Hooch Rowing Regatta. This 2 day rowing event is one of the largest rowing regattas in the United States with over ten thousand rowers and over 2,000 boats making their way up stream to Chattanooga.  The Head Race gives these rowers a glimpse of what they are in for.

“It definitely helps . They know when to make the calls, which calls to make. Which lines and what turns to make, it definitely helps them out very much.”

“The Head Race is just a smaller version of the exact same race, same course, same marshals, same protocols as in entering. So coming here you get a good dose of southern competition without all of the large intimidating stuff,” said Vanderbilt’s head coach, Joe Craver.

This year's Head of the Hooch is November 7th through the 8th. The Hooch is a unique event.  It attracts athletes, family, alumni, local residents and travelers to the area.

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