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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

San Diego Event Draws Thousands of Rowers

More than 4,400 collegiate, junior and master-level rowers converge each spring in San Diego for the San Diego Crew Classic. Held this year April 6-7 on the waters of picturesque Mission Bay, this thrilling competition draws rowers and spectators from throughout the United States.

With the excitement of rowing races complemented by sunny skies and warm temperatures, the San Diego Crew Classic provides a perfect backdrop for a spring getaway to San Diego. During spring, guests can experience a wide variety of seasonal events, discounted hotel rates and the region's popular attractions.

Over 4,400 athletes from more than 126 universities, clubs and high school programs from across the United States, participate in this premier rowing event, with rowers ranging in age from 14 to 84 years old. For many rowers, the San Diego Crew Classic is the highlight of their competitive rowing careers and also tests the competitive skills of potential future Olympians.

In addition to the race, the San Diego Crew Classic offers a festival with music, art exhibit, trade show, alumni and corporate tents, food vendors and the popular Karl Strauss Beer Garden. The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Family Festival area caters to families with kids, and a massive Jumbotron offers a perfect view for the start of the races.

Practice for the races occurs on Friday, April 5. The racing tentatively begins at 7:30am on Saturday and Sunday and continues until 6pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday.

Ticket prices for the San Diego Crew Classic and Family Festival are $12 in advance (order online at crewclassic.org) and $15 on the day of the event; admission is free for active military with ID and children under 12 years old.

For a complete schedule of the races and more information about the San Diego Crew Classic, visit www.crewclassic.org.

For more information about top events in California take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in California.