Chicago-Paris Rowing Marathon

  • 10:30 AM
  • WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, 3331-3371 N. Rockwell Street, Chicago

This year, the CRM has joined with the Paris Committee of CSCI to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Paris and Chicago as sister cities, and to expand the reach of The Rowing Exchange. Now in its 6th year, the Rowing Exchange was started by Susan Hackett and is chaired by Stephanie Leese Emrich of the Paris Committee of CSCI. Visit for more information.

The Chicago River Marathon is a 26.2 mile regatta that will challenge the toughest of rowers seeking an adventurous row that rivals your average head race. The race will start and end in the Bridgeport neighborhood to the South, and extend up into the Albany Park neighborhood in the North. The course covers the dynamic range of Chicago’s neighborhoods surveying the changing landscape from industrial to natural prairie land. Rowers will race through Chicago’s famed downtown and will pass such architecturally significant buildings as the Willis Tower, Civic Opera House, Merchandise Mart, Trump Tower, The Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and Aqua Tower. The course will also lead rowers past the sites of Chicago’s four city boathouses, including the under-construction Bridgeport site. Perhaps most remarkably, the course runs under or past every single one of the city’s historic moveable bridges, of which Chicago has the most of any city in the world!

This event is part of the official celebration of the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Paris, taking place from October 7–16, 2016 throughout Chicago. To learn more about other associated events, visit