More than five decades ago a unique and exciting sports tradition began in Philadelphia. Originated in 1970, the idea for a new fall rowing race was introduced by three members of the University Barge Club. The goal of this was to offer an autumn competition to rowers of all ages where they would race the clock over a 2-3 mile-long course. “Head” or distance races had only been open to athletes up until this time, but the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta opened up the race to newer rowers and teams. The fact that this new race was inclusive to all people made it grow and gain popularity among athletes and spectators alike.