Record number of boats await Jayhawk Jamboree on Sunday
LAWRENCE, Kan. – University of Kansas rowing will begin its fall season by hosting the Jayhawk Jamboree at the Kansas Rowing Boathouse at Burcham Park on Sunday starting at 11 a.m. With the ever-growing popularity of the fourth-annual regatta, this year marks the largest showing of teams with 12, including 152 boats racing.
Among the competitors include varsity and club crew teams from Kansas State, Oklahoma, Tulsa, the University of Central Oklahoma, Iowa, Drake, Creighton, Wichita State, Colorado, Grand Valley State and UMKC.
“This year we have a lot of different teams coming and good competition which is really important for us to see early in the season,” senior Maddie Irelan said of the lineup. “Usually we don’t get to race some of those teams until later in the spring.”
The team has been preparing since August and is ready to get the first regatta underway. Races will begin at 11 a.m. and will last until approximately 3:30 p.m.
“We want to start the season racing at a high level,” Kansas head coach Rob Catloth. “The competition should be strong. We’re looking forward to not only having this race at home but also the caliber of racing that is going to be there.”
While the races are taking place on the river, fans and spectators can take advantage of the festivities located up the banks from the water. The Jamboree will feature a variety of food and drink vendors from the Lawrence area, accompanied by live music and the Kansas Spirit Squad. Fans of all ages are encouraged to spend a fun-filled day at the river supporting the Jayhawks in their fall debut. The community-wide event should make for a perfect fall afternoon event.
After the Jamboree, The Jayhawks will take a trip down to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Tulsa Fall Invitational on Nov. 4-5 to wrap up the fall season.
Fans can enter now for a chance to win an official Kansas rowing oar during the Jayhawk Jamboree. The winner will be chosen at random after the sweepstakes end on the day of the Jamboree, Sunday, Oct. 23. Entries from participants in grades 9-12 will not be eligible to win. No purchase necessary.
Parking will be available on the grass lot on Second Street outside Burcham Park and at the lot on the Second Street and Maine Street intersection. Handicap accessible parking will be available inside Burcham Park. Parking shuttles will be available to fans throughout the surrounding premises of the Jayhawk Jamboree.
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