If you live in the greater Toledo area and want to row, Toledo Rowing Club is by far your best opportunity to engage in rowing. TRC has a history in Toledo and has been there to support and promote the sport of rowing for many years. Toledo Rowing Club leadership and membership are committed to keeping this sport alive and well in NW Ohio.
Toledo Rowing Club is a 501(c) 3 that seeks funding to support your teams. It is the mission of the Toledo Rowing Club to engage and support the youth and adults of Toledo, Ohio and the surrounding community in the education, training, instruction, and participation in the sport of rowing. TRC is run by an Executive Director and a volunteer Board of Directors. We are a primarily volunteer-based organization.
If you have questions about the organization or about how TRC can benefit you, or how you can participate in supporting rowing through TRC, please contact our director, Matthew Connolly.
Toledo Rowing Club History
The Toledo Rowing Club was established in 1983 by one woman and nine men (including Phil LeBoutillier) who had rowed in their high school and college days and who wanted to bring the sport of rowing to the attention of the Toledo community.
The Philip LeBoutillier, Jr. Memorial Boathouse is located in International Park at 8 Main St., Toledo, OH 43605. You can see boats at almost every hour of the day from March to November.
Suffice it to say that the “Toledo Rowing” has been around for longer than most people know or think. We encourage you to become part of the tradition!
Rowing in Toledo & The Philip LeBoutillier, Jr. Memorial Boathouse
The Toledo Rowing Club was established by one woman and nine men (including Phil LeBoutillier) who had rowed in their high school and college days and who wanted to bring the sport of rowing to the attention of the Toledo Community.
Rowing on the Maumee River flourished in the 1880’s and 1890’s with three clubs in Toledo and one in Perrysburg. Ribbons from some of them are in the archives of the Toledo Rowing Foundation.
Pete Bentley recalls Phil’s request that he row in an exhibition rowing event in Walbridge Park in the 1949 City event, Toledo Aquarama, led by the TOLEDO BLADE. Pete considers this the first attempt by Phil to revive rowing as a sport in Toledo. In the early 1980’s, almost 100 years after its high point, rowing was back with the 70 members of the Toledo Rowing Club.
The Club, using 35 shells that were stored in borrowed space in the City’s Bridges and Harbors Maintenance Building, now the site of Gumbo’s, began to row.
After 15 years of work, promotion, and development, Toledo Rowing had outgrown its space, which had already been enlarged several times. Coinciding with the club’s request for more space was the City’s determination to develop International Park and The Docks.
With the City’s help, matching our raised money dollar for dollar up to $200,000, the Toledo Rowing Foundation, under the leadership of Steve Monro, Chairman and Treasurer, and George LeBoutillier, Development Chair, launched the Capital Campaign for our new Boathouse.
Contributions came from individuals and corporations, some of whom would never see the inside of a rowing shell, but who believed in the positive results the sport would engrain in our youth. As a result of five years of effort, just under $1,000,000 was raised in cash and in-kind donations to build the boathouse.
On October 13th, 1999, The Philip LeBoutillier Memorial Boathouse was dedicated by the Toledo Rowing Foundation Chairman, Steve Monro and christened by the following members of Phil’s family: Fe, his widow, Philip G. and George F., his sons, and Philip G. Jr., and Megan T. his grandchildren. Megan and Phil Jr. broke the bottle of Champagne on door 2 at 7:18 PM.
Since then Toledo Rowing has grown in size, achievements, and awareness in the US and Canada. We have a proud heritage, an exceptional Boathouse, and a rowing venue that rivals many of the more famous ones in the US.
Philip LeBoutillier, Jr. was captain of Princeton University’s varsity crew in 1938. Among the crew were William Coors, chairman of the Adolph Coors Co., and among their competitors was the late Joseph Kennedy, Jr. Mr. LeBoutillier went on to become an industrialist and retired as chairman of the former First National Bank of Toledo (now Fifth Third Bank of Northwest Ohio). He was president of the Ottawa River Paper Company, and held many board of director positions for companies and organizations nationwide, including the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. Phil was one of the best- liked, most highly respected, and influential people in the community. His interests included sailboat racing on the ocean, Great Lakes, and the Maumee River, skeet shooting, pheasant and duck hunting, and piloting airplanes. But rowing was his lifelong love. Up until his death in December 1995, he could often be seen rowing his shell on the Maumee River. In fact, he competed in the 11th Annual Toledo International Rowing Regatta in the Spring of 1995.