Head of the Ohio

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Head of the Ohio
Head of the Ohio logo.png
Location(s)Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Years active1987-Present
InauguratedSeptember 26, 1987
Previous eventOctober 6–7, 2018
Next eventOctober 5–6, 2019[1]
Participants499 entries; 48 clubs[2]
Organised byThree Rivers Rowing Association
The launch of the Head of the Ohio in 2011.

The Head of the Ohio, also known as HOTO, is a rowing race held on the first full weekend of October of each year on the Ohio River and Allegheny River, at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The race is named the "Head" of the Ohio because it is a head race. It is the largest 2-day regatta on the Inland Rivers System, with more than 2,000 athletes rowing from over 75 universities, colleges and high schools. The regatta was the seventh-largest in both 2006 and 2007.

The last races of the Regatta are generally the most prestigious: Championship 4s, and Championship 8s (both men and women). Championship sculling events (1x/single and 2x/double) race on Saturday afternoon. The Championship events usually include current U.S. National Team athletes.


The 2.6 mile course starts just below the Fort Duquesne Bridge at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers and between PNC Park and Heinz Field across from downtown Pittsburgh. The finish line is on the Allegheny River just downriver from the 40th Street Bridge. The actual start is on Washington's Landing at the TRRA boathouse. However, in 2015, the race course was changed to be downstream, with the starting line at the top of Washington's Landing and the finish line just past the Fort Duquesne Bridge, near Point State Park. Rowers pass 8 bridges while racing on this particular stretch of the Allegheny.


The Head of the Ohio began in 1987 with Mercy Hospital as its major sponsor but since 2006 has been coordinated solely through the Three Rivers Rowing Association. The first race was held during five hours on Saturday September 26, 1987.


  1. ^ "Head of the Ohio". Regatta Central. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Head of the Ohio". Regatta Central. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2013.

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