Tulsa Route 66 Regatta Offers International Flavor

The Tulsa Rowing Club plays host to more than 200 rowers – including a crew of German athletes – on Saturday for the 18th annual Route 66 Tulsa Regatta on the Arkansas River.
Rowers from Celle, Germany, one of Tulsa’s Sister Cities, will be traveling to Oklahoma to compete in the regatta. The Tulsa Global Alliance and German-American Society are helping to sponsor and host the international athletes.
In addition, teams from Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Texas will compete in 1,000-meter sprint races on the Arkansas River, beginning south of the 21st Street Bridge and finishing near the River West Festival Park.
“The fact that we have such a well-established rowing program right here in Tulsa is a great attraction to people from other parts of the country,” said Tulsa Rowing Club regatta organizer Claudia Brierre. “We’re also very excited to have residents from our Sister City here to compete this year. Rowing is an international sport, and we look forward to showing our guests some true Oklahoma hospitality.”
Spectators can watch a full slate of high school, college club and master’s crew races from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. the Saturday of the regatta. The best place to view races is at the Tulsa Rowing Club boathouse, 2100 S. Jackson Ave., near the floating amphitheater on the Arkansas River’s west bank.
Corporate sponsors of the regatta include: BOK Financial, Oklahoma Energy Services, QuikTrip, SpiritBank and CFR.
For more information about the April 18 Route 66 Tulsa Sprints Regatta, visit http://www.route66regatta.com or contact Claudia Brierre at 918.579.9431.

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