Athlete Information

OCU Head of the Oklahoma

The OCU Head of the Oklahoma includes 2.5 mile head racing during the day and 500m OGE NightSprints Saturday evening under permanent lights –  the only permanently lighted race course in the world. Events include collegiate, masters, and junior rowing as well as kayak and dragon boat racing.

Athletes and coaches, registration information will be available closer to the event.

OGE NightSprints

The Oklahoma Regatta Festival OGE NightSprints illuminate the Oklahoma River so teams can compete at night under stadium lighting, creating a memorable experience for the racers and spectators alike! Join us in 2017 for these exciting 500 and 250 meter sprints featuring the corporate rowing and dragon boat league participants..


2017 USA Rowing World Challenge

The USRowing National High Performance Center and the Oklahoma City Boathouse District will host athletes from around the world following the World Championships. Crew will be invited to participate in a 4-day series of events that includes two days of international team training on the Oklahoma River (October 4-5), the nationally recognized Head of the Oklahoma Regatta (October 6-7), and the USA Rowing World Challenge on October 6.

The World Challenge includes a 4.5-kilometer head race and 500-meter sprint racing in the evening under stadium lights. To plan your visit to Oklahoma City, please contact Reilly Dampeer at or (405) 552-4040, ext. 4308.

Paddle for the Cure

Paddle for the Cure is a friendly dragon boat competition benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure Central and Western Oklahoma Affiliate. The competition features teams of 20 paddlers and one drummer racing down the Oklahoma River. Each team receives a 60-minute practice session before racing under the lights at the OGE NightSprints. Teams are encouraged to register early to guarantee availability of their practice session.

Medals are awarded to the top three finishers. Cost is $650 per 20-person team. Registration for 2017 will open in summer 2017.