For the last 14 years, the Great Race has focused on delivering world class inter-tertiary river-racing. However, in it's proposed new format, the event will also enable rowers from across the country to enter the event and compete in a time-trial style competition.
Boathouse Chairman Rob Hamill says the proposed new format will provide significant benefits to the local area as well participants and spectators;
"We're incredibly excited about the future of the event. Until now the event has been invitation only. By switching our focus to an open invitation mass participation format, we're providing an opportunity for rowers from across the country to experience the unique feeling of rowing on the mighty Waikato River.
"With increased participation comes greater numbers of spectators, greater economic impact for the city and a greater showcase for the sport in general.
"However, it's important to acknowledge the long-standing history of the Great Race and ensure that we maintain the traditions which have made the event so special over the last 14 years. With this in mind, we will be working closely with our key stakeholders and our other event partners to deliver an exceptional event experience in 2017."
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