Lookout Rowing Club - Chattanooga, TN



Head of Hooch


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The “Head of the Hooch” is one of the largest head races in the United States. It is sponsored by both the Atlanta and Lookout Rowing Clubs.  The City of Chattanooga plays a supportive role in making the regatta a prestigious and successful event.

Started in 1981 on the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta, it later moved to Lake Lanier in Gainesville, GA. As the event grew the Atlanta Rowing Club approached Lookout Rowing Club and the City of Chattanooga to explore their interest in having the event here. There was overwhelming support.

Since the regatta moved to Chattanooga in 2006 the participant level has doubled. Today, there are approximately 2000 entries and 10,000 participants. The economic impact to the City of Chattanooga is estimated over $5,000,000/year.

 Head of the Hooch

TN Gorge Row

The Gorge row is a 36 km (23 mile) event that starts from the LRC boathouse near downtown Chattanooga and follows the Tennessee River downstream through the Gorge. This is the only large river canyon bordering a mid-size city and is the fourth largest river canyon east of the Mississippi. Hopefully, the natural beauty will distract you from the pain and exhaustion. We end at the Tennessee River Gardens, a great spot for a cool off swim and picnic.

Chattanooga Head Race

DSC 0080.webSince 1992 the Lookout Rowing Club has organized and sponsored the Chattanooga Head Race, a 5k race against the clock rowing event ending at Ross's landing in downtown Chattanooga.  From its beginning the event has focused on being a relaxed, but competitive, rowing event for both new and seasoned competiors. 

The amenities of the City of Chattanooga, including close proximity of hotels, restaurants, parking and spectator viewing create an exciting and memorable event for those who attend. 

The Head Race has continued to grow every year to over 1800 competitors in 2016.  The Chattanooga Head Race was discontinued in 2018 so Lookout Rowing Club would have the energy to devote to the Head of the Hooch held during the first weekend in November.