Hamilton New Zealand

The Great Race

Location: Ferry Bank on Grantham St (Finish Line and Best Viewing Location)

Dates: 12 - 13th September 2015

The Great Race (also known as the Gallagher Great Race) is an annual rowing race held in Hamilton, New Zealand. Each year the University of Waikato's Rowing Teams battle rowers from two international universities. The free event is great for families as the finish line is at Ferry Bank Park where the festival-like atmosphere offers entertainment, food and fun.

Usually the competition includes a team from the University of Cambridge, England and a team from the University of Sydney, Australia. There are both mens and womens divisions. There are many races on the day with Under 21s, secondary school teams and lower grade university teams competing.

Running since 2002, the Waikato-based Rowing event is based on the famous annual rowing event between Oxford and Cambridge Universities at Henley, in England. The Hamilton course stretches 3.85km up the Waikato River. Leaving from Ann Street, the picturesque course crosses under 4 bridges and alongside beautiful leafy parks. The teams battle for the prestige, but also to win the Harry Mahon Cup.

In the week leading up to the event there are several side events ranging from corporate indoor rowing competitions, to an indoor competition that decides the starting position for the Great Race. There is also a Million Metre Row event on the day for secondary schools where they keep rowing until their combined distance is 1 million metres (1000km).

Bring the kids out for a fun day out at The Great Race 2014. Preliminary races start from 9am, with kids festivities starting from 10am. More The Great Race information: http://www.thegreatrace.co.nz/event-weekend

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