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Nathan Benderson Park to Host USRowing Events

Aug 12, 2022

USRowing is pleased to announce that the 2022 and 2023 USRowing Masters National Championships will be held at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla.

Hosted by Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy with support from Visit Sarasota County, this year's regatta will take place August 11-14, 2022, while next year's regatta will take place August 10-13, 2023. The regattas will feature racing in more than 200 masters categories. 

"We're looking forward to hosting our masters athletes in Sarasota the next two years," said Sarah McAuliffe, USRowing director of event planning & services. "When we were last in Sarasota for masters nationals, the venue was in its infancy. Since 2013, Sarasota has hosted several national championships and World Rowing events including the highly-successful World Rowing Masters Regatta in 2018. We hope that all of our masters rowers will take advantage of the opportunity to race at this world-class venue."

The nation's premier rowing venue, Nathan Benderson Park has hosted numerous national rowing events including the 2019 USRowing Youth National Championships and 2021 USRowing Youth National Regatta. The venue also has hosted premier international and trials events including the 2017 World Rowing Championships, 2018 World Rowing Masters Regatta, and 2019 World Rowing Under 23 Championships, as well as the 2016 and 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Rowing.

The venue is slated to host the 2022 USRowing Youth National Championships this June. Sarasota last hosted the USRowing Masters National Championships in 2013, while Regatta Island was still under construction and prior to the completion of the finish line tower.

"We are pleased to welcome all USRowing masters athletes to Nathan Benderson Park and the Sarasota-Bradenton community," said Stephen V. Rodriguez, Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO. "We are dedicated to providing the best possible stage on which to perform and make memorable experiences, in addition to the restaurants, shopping, and hotels in the immediate area. We look forward to providing a good time for all, both on and off the water."

In addition to racing, rowers will be able to soak up the sun along Sarasota's white-sand beaches or treat themselves to diverse dining, enriching arts and culture, shopping districts of all sorts, and natural Florida fun. Check out Visit Sarasota County's website for more information.

"We are so thrilled to welcome the masters rowing community back to Sarasota County this summer and next," said Virginia Haley, Visit Sarasota County president. "Our local hospitality partners always enjoy hosting masters athletes, and we look forward to working with them to provide a few special programs for attendees to experience all that Sarasota has to offer."

More information on the 2022 USRowing Masters National Championships will be available in the regatta packet in April. Registration also will open in April.

Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy
The Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy is a not-for-profit 501c3 business created to manage Nathan Benderson Park (NBP), a community/public asset, and world-class, multi-use sports venue. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for our community and be an economic generator for our region. The Conservancy's primary purpose is to develop and promote NBP as a world-class event center, team training site, and Sarasota County park, while providing outreach programs through recreation, safety training, education, and volunteering as a service to our community. For more information, go to

About Visit Sarasota County
Visit Sarasota County leads and supports the tourism industry in Sarasota County by providing the highest quality, and most innovative, marketing programs and promotions to ensure the continued growth of tourism and travel from visitors around the world. It is the mission of VSC is to make Sarasota County the must experience destination on Florida's Gulf Coast. To learn more, visit

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