Travel for Races
Short-distance travel to races at Lake Arthur in Butler County and Dillon Lake near Zanesville, Ohio, for example, typically involve rowers traveling with crew parents in personal vehicles. Longer-distance travel to Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Boston, etc. finds the boys riding in rented 12-passenger vans driven by parent-chaperones in informal convoys along with the team’s utility trailer and boat trailer. Parents serving on the Central Crew Board plan and direct transportation, lodging, meals, and a full itinerary in cooperation with the coaches. At distant race venues, large tents house cook stoves, food prep and serving tables, and sitting areas primarily for the oarsmen, coxswains, coaches and parents.
Races on the Allegheny River near the Millvale and Washington’s Landing boathouses are easily viewed on Herr’s Island, from both the riverside running trail and the Redfin Blues patio restaurant, where parents have typically been welcome to watch during off-peak times.