About 3,000 rowers are coming to Cleveland for the Head of the Cuyahoga, one of the biggest rowing regattas in the country, held at the Cleveland Rowing Foundation. Spectators can watch the 24th annual event from Rivergate Park.   

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In 30 years on the Cuyahoga River, the Cleveland Rowing Foundation and Western Reserve Rowing Foundation have made rowing an institution in the city. Across the Columbus Road bridge, the two-year-old Foundry is using rowing and sailing to change the lives of city residents. See the story of both at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Kirk Lang, executive director of the Cleveland Rowing Foundation and head coach of the Western Reserve Rowing Association, is up for U.S. Rowing Coach of the Year.  You can vote through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.  As Lang says, it’s Cleveland (and the Cuyahoga River) against the world. See the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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More than 1,500 collegiate, youth, and masters rowers from Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Canada are scheduled to compete on the Cuyahoga River in the 22nd annual Head of the Cuyahoga regatta. You can watch from Merwin’s Wharf or elsewhere along the Cuyahoga River.    

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Coach Bob Valerian calls crew the perfect high school sport. “Everybody in high school starts from the same level,” said Valerian, waiting for two busloads of students from Shaker Heights High School at the Cleveland Rowing Foundation boathouse on the Cuyahoga River. “Unlike other high school sports, like soccer or basketball or hockey that kids…

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Meet Megan Patton, a Western Reservation Rowing Association board member who has rowed in the association summer league for seven years. She started when her oldest son joined the crew team freshman year for St. Ignatius High School. Some of the moms wanted to try. “It just looked really fun,” said Patton,  55, of Fairview…

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The sun ducks out of sight, and the lights of Cleveland blink on. Eight men in a 60-foot shell glide inches above the black water of the Cuyahoga River, pushing their legs and pulling their oars in unison. “Let’s keep it nice and long, gentlemen,” their coach, Kirk Lang, yells through a bullhorn from the…

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