Frogtown Regatta

The 31st Frogtown Regatta on 24 September 2016 saw record breaking attendance for this annual Midwest fall regatta. Thirty-seven clubs from five states (Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Pennsylvania) converged on Toledo to take on the 5,000m course. Despite some less than ideal conditions in the morning, it was a successful day on the water.

Frogtown Regatta SJJ Launch Frogtown Regatta site
St. John’s Jesuit launches a four-person boat at the Frogtown Regatta. A look at all the teams prepared to take on the Frogtown course.

2016 Highlights:

  • 37 clubs – the most clubs in Frogtown Regatta history!
  • Five states rowed at Frogtown: Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Pennsylvania
  • 387 entries – 20% growth from the previous year and the most for any Frogtown Regatta!
  • Nearly 1,200 participants were entered at Frogtown
  • Despite rough conditions in the morning, all Varsity and Masters races raced at Frogtown
  • A big thank you to all the volunteers that made Frogtown Regatta 2016 happen!
  • 2016 Frogtown Image Gallery (courtesy of Toledo Rowing Club member Ed Conn)


Regatta History

The Toledo Rowing Club sponsors one fall regatta each year on the Maumee River and competes in many more throughout the Midwest. The hometown fall race is Frogtown Regatta – formerly known as the Toledo International Rowing Regatta.

First held in 1985, as a head race from Rossford Marina to downtown Toledo, it was sponsored by Phil LeBoutillier’s college roommate, Bill Coors, of (you guessed it) Coors Brewery. The regatta was a sprint race of 1850 meters for several years but was not a favorite of rowers because of the dog leg in the course and the lack of buoyed lanes. The club wisely reverted to a head race of three miles. The starting line is close to the Norfolk & Southern Railroad Bridge, downstream from the boathouse; the finish line is close to the High Level Bridge.