Grand Rapids Rowing Club photo
Grand Rapids is expecting 5 thousand spectators, 1500 rowers, 1200 boats, and nearly 150 national rowing clubs from around the country this week. They are coming to GR to take part in the Masters National Chamionships on the Grand River. The tourists will spend about two million dollars during their visit.
The event is hosted the Grand Rapids Rowing Association and the West Michigan Sports Commission.
They will be set up in Riverside Park. There will be a hospitality tent, a craft beer garden and big screen TV's to watch the races.
The events run Thursday through Sunday.
Wednesday, Aug. 13 is a practice day from 1 to 5 p.m., and race days run Thursday, Aug. 14 through Saturday, Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 or 3 p.m.
Free shuttles to the north end of Riverside Park begin running Aug. 13 from nine designated parking lots in downtown Grand Rapids. The shuttle schedule is as follows:
· Wednesday, Aug. 13 – Course Practice Day. Shuttle Hours: 1 – 7 p.m.
· Thursday, Aug. 14 – Race Day. Shuttle Hours: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
· Friday, Aug. 15 – Race Day. Shuttle Hours: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
· Saturday, Aug. 16 – Race Day. Shuttle Hours: 6 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
· Sunday, Aug. 17 – Race Day. Shuttle Hours: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.