Head of the Hooch Draws in Thousand to the Scenic City
The Head of the Hooch is one of the most prestigious rowing events for rowers across the country.
This weekend 27 states are represented along with 4 countries. Rowers competed in a 3.1 mile race on the Tennessee River. It is a race rowers dream of qualifying for and competing in. 2000 boats racing over two days, more than 10,000 seats are rowed. One of those seats include rookie rower, Isabella Moore from the Orlando area.
Isabella is just one of the thousands of rowers making strides in the Scenic City this weekend. At just 15 years old she is one of the youngest rowers participating. “All I can think is, wow, I know this is really big deal to all these rowers. I'm like, I am here with them. That is amazing!” said Isabella.
Isabella and her team from Orlando have been practicing for the Hooch for months. They spent months studying the course and building strength. “We have been practicing for as long as I can remember. I remember as soon as I started they were like we need to keep participating for Hooch. It is such a big competition we need to really get this down.”
Gabriella, 16, the Head of the Hooch is a motivation to keep her pushing and pulling towards her dreams to row at college. “It feels awesome; you see all the rowing around you. There is Auburn right next to me, passing me, but it is great,” said Gabriella Estrada.
Not only was this chilly Sunday the first time for both girls competing in the race but also their first time rowing on the Tennessee River, and both seem pretty impressed.
“It is gorgeous, so gorgeous, I love it.”
“I am like wow; this is really long and really cool. Beautiful scenery, just amazing,” said Isabella.
Hooch officials said the economic impact of the race is over five million dollars for the city. Results for this year's race can be found here.
Expect next year's Head of the Hooch to take place on November 5th and 6th.