For many years various members of MRA and the WVU Women’s and Men’s crew have participated in HOTO. HOTO stands for “Head of the Ohio” and it will mark its 27th anniversary this year. HOTO is a race that takes place in Pittsburgh along the Allegheny River. For many years the race started up river and finished at the point where the Allegheny and the Monongahela rivers meet and the Ohio river starts. Hence the name Head of the Ohio. In the last couple years, due to increasing build up near the stadiums, the race has reversed its course and now starts where it used to end and finishes up stream at the Washington Landing.
The course is 2.6 miles long and attracts people from all over the country. The variety of racing classes is one of the attractions of this event. There are Collegiate Athletic crews, College Clubs, High School competitions, Open Club classes, Mixed Gender crews, and Adaptive classes (handicapped individuals); people of all ages participate. Current MRA President David Rosen, has participated for the past several years and is looking towards competing once again. The WVU Women’s Crew and Men’s Crew will certainly be at the event and MRA keeps alive the dream of fielding an MRA Youth Crew. No matter what the event is one not to be lost.
John M. Duarte, 2013