Head of the Colorado

The Head of the Colorado (PumpkinHead Regatta) is a 4,000 meter rowing head race held annually on the last Saturday of October. Austin Rowing Club has hosted this regatta since the mid-1980s. 2017 marks the 34th annual PumpkinHead Regatta. A USRowing registered regatta, this event is open to rowers who are USRowing members, or racing for an organization that is a USRowing member.

The 2017 Regatta will be held on October 28th

Austin Rowing Club is proud to be a part of the third annual Pulling for Pink event at the Head of the Colorado. For information on Pulling for Pink click here

The Head of the Colorado 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.

Austin Rowing Club’s junior team will have a concession stand with lunch plates, breakfast items, snacks and beverages for sale throughout race day.

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 Jonathan Elkins at 512-634-1274 for reservations.

Contact Information

Elizabeth Webb, Regatta Committee Chair: elizabeth.webb@austinrowing.org
Stephanie Perez, Volunteer Coordinator: regattavolunteer@austinrowing.org


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