the heart of texas

The Heart of Texas, A USRowing Nationally Recognized Regatta is held annually in early March, making it one of the first sprint regattas of the spring. Austin Rowing Club has been host to the Heart of Texas Regatta since 1983 when the race was primarily for visiting college crews. The event has grown to include Masters, Open and Junior events. Held on a seven lane, fully buoyed 1,000 meter course and state-of-the-art starting platform. Over 800 entries competed in the 2015 regatta for a total of over 1,500 competitors.

The 2017 Regatta is Saturday and Sunday, 4-5 March

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The Heart of Texas Regatta is located at Festival Beach Park on Lady Bird Lake, Austin, Texas. Google Map

Venue map showing team tent locations and boat lay down locations.

By bike: bike racks are provided in the park and storage is available at the venue tent; bring your lock. Austin Bike Map

By trail: everyone is encouraged to walk or bike the trails to reach the event. Lady Bird Lake Trail Map

By public transport: Capital Metro routes 21 and 22 serve the venue. Capital Metro System Map – Capital Metro Trip Planner

Trailer parking: please see the overview and detail maps of trailer parking.  Trailers shall be parked in a westbound orientation on Chicon Street.

Venue parking: limited parking is available within one block of 1600 Nash Hernandez Senior Road, along the south side of Nash Hernandez Sr. and where available on Chicon and Comal. All visitors must honor traffic cones, barriers and No Parking signs or risk ticketing or towing.

Austin Rowing Club recommends competitors and fans stay at the Holiday Inn Lady Bird Lake (this link will give access to special group rates). This Holiday Inn is a short walk to the race course. Please contact hotel staff at 1-512-634-1274 for team sales.

Volunteer Information

This is an Austin Rowing Club event that is primarily volunteer run. Last year we had over 100 ARC members help out! We need your help to run another great regatta!  For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at

Contact Information

Elizabeth Webb, Regatta Director:

Volunteer Coordinator:


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