Lotman Challenge

The Gold Cup is the most storied race in Philadelphia’s rich rowing history and one of the most exciting rowing competitions outside of the Olympic Games. The top amateur single scullers compete against each other in a sprint race on the famed Schuylkill River course. The Gold Cup was first awarded in 1922 to Vesper Boat Club’s John B. Kelly, Sr., after he won the 1920 Olympic gold medal in the single sculls. The Cup disappeared in the early 1960s, but was recovered by a group of rowing enthusiasts led by the late businessman and philanthropist Herb Lotman. It was run in 2011 for the first time in over 50 years and will be held again in 2018.

The Philadelphia Gold Challenge Cup Foundation announced a partnership with USRowing, the Head Of The Charles Regatta and the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta to host the inaugural Herb Lotman United States Rowing Challenge in 2017.  The Philadelphia Gold Challenge Cup US-Lotman-Challenge-300x190Foundation created the Lotman Challenge to further promote and develop single sculling in the United States and will award prize money to the top American men and women scullers accumulating the most points over the course of the three-race series.

The Lotman Challenge will comprise of three separate open weight events starting with the USRowing Club National Championships on July 12-16 in Bethel, Ohio followed by the Head Of The Charles Regatta on Oct. 21 and culminating on Oct. 28 at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta.

Elite U.S. scullers must compete in all three events to be eligible for the Herb Lotman United States Challenge Series. Rowers placing in the top 12 of any given event will be eligible for points.  At the conclusion of the series, the American sculler in the men’s and women’s divisions with the most points will receive $9,000 with second place earning $3,500 and $1,500 going to third. In the event a rower finishes in the first position for all three events, the foundation will award $10,000.

Scullers interested in competing in the 2017 Herb Lotman United States Challenge can find additional information on the RegattaCentral website.

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June 16, 2017:   New Partners Contribute to 2017 Lotman Challenge Prize Purse

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