Downtown Concierge

The Rivalry Goes Afloat


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rowing-scioto-mileBuckeye fans were thrilled to see the football team emerge from its October malaise and kick some Cornhusker behind on Saturday night. Tensions continue to build toward the last Saturday in November when the anticipated clash between two top five teams will go a long way toward determining this year’s National Champion. But the battle between the Scarlet and Gray and the Maize and the Blue isn’t confined to the gridiron. This week that eternal struggle will be waged on the waters of the Scioto, right here downtown.

Thanks to the Scioto Greenways project and the changes it brought to the river downtown, Ohio State’s Crew Team has moved their practice from O’Shaughnessy Reservoir down river to The Scioto Mile. And this Saturday, November 12, the WolverBuck Oar Regatta will offer Buckeye fans another opportunity to root against That Team Up North - from the banks of the Scioto rather than inside the Horseshoe on the banks of the Olentangy.

This will be the first intercollegiate competitive event on the Scioto River since 2012 and will feature a new, elongated course. The race begins just above the Greenlawn Lowhead Dam near the Audubon Peninsula and finishes in front of Coleman’s Point across from the steps of COSI. The fun starts at 9 a.m., so grab some coffee - options abound downtown, including Cafe Brioso, Hemingway Coffee Nook and Roosevelt Coffee - and get ready to cheer on the home team.