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South Orlando Rowing Association

2019 Battle of the Bridges

  • 09/28/2019
  • Venice, FL

Who: High School Rowers

When:   Saturday, September 28, 2019

Event Location:
Venice Train Depot
303 E Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34284

In collaboration with the City of Venice and the Sarasota County Parks and Recreation, Sarasota Scullers is ecstatic to host the second annual 5K Battle of the Bridges in Venice, Florida.  

Teams from all of the southeast will kick off their fall head race season during the fourth weekend of September at the Battle of the Bridges in Venice, Florida.  This amazing venue provides spectators the opportunity to witness championship rowing. 

Racers will launch at the Historic Train Depot and warm up while traveling south along the intercoastal waterway.  Near Shamrock Park, athletes will turn north and begin racing approximately 1000 m south of the famous Circus Bridge. Spectators will have access on either side of the waterway via the Legacy Trail where they will become active participants in this amazing event. Rowing teams will face a challenging yet inviting course of crystal blue, calm water.  Traveling under three bridges, the race will end 1 meter past the KMI Bridge.  

Meanwhile, teams and spectators alike will enjoy the charm of Venice at the Historic Venice Train Depot where vendors and community partners will welcome our guests.

SORA Room Block:

For those interested in arriving the night before, SORA has a block of rooms with a discounted rate. Please use the link below:  

Hampton Inn and Suites Venice Bayside South Sarasota

881 Venetia Bay Blvd., Venice, FL 34292

941-488-5900

Group Name: SORA, deadline to book is Sept. 22

Booking Link: https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/hp/reservation/book.htm?inputModule=HOTEL&ctyhocn=VENFLHX&spec_plan=CHH601&arrival=20190927&departure=20190928&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

Parking: There is on site parking at the Venice Train Depot

Please sign-up to assist with hospitality at the link below:


Hospitality Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044BA8A82BA3F49-battle1  

Regatta Central Link: https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/?section=overview&job_id=6477

Heat Sheet Information will be released the week prior to the regatta. 

SORA Schedule: https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/entries/?job_id=6477&org_id=510

IMPORTANT - Line-ups are not final until the week of the race. 

Report Times:

7:15am ALL Rowers (Subject to change by Coach Terry and Coach Deidrah)

*This is an out of town regatta, rowers are NOT permitted to drive themselves. 

Regatta Wear:  Arrive in your Hi-Vis Yellow shirts (SORA Logo) and solid black shorts or pants. (no stripes or markings of any other color)

Returning High School Race Wear: 

  • Unisuits
  • Hi-Vis Yellow hats

Freshmen and NEW Novice Rowers:

  • Hi-Vis SORA Yellow Shirt
  • Black Spandex Shorts
  • Hi-Vis SORA Hat

HI- Vis Yellow hats are REQUIRED in all races.  

See You Saturday,
Kelly Hagan
SORA Program Director


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