Road to Rio Rowing Comes to OKC | Sports Destination Management

Road to Rio Rowing Comes to OKC

May 06, 2016
Celebrations Coincide with Opening of RIVERSPORTS Rapids, USRowing Central Youth Championships

RIVERSPORT Rapids, Oklahoma City’s new $45.2 million whitewater rafting and kayaking center, will hold a grand opening celebration May 7-­8. The whitewater center was built in the city’s Boathouse District as part of MAPS 3, a one-­cent sales tax initiative to fund projects that enhance the quality of life for metro area residents.

The grand opening celebration will also include the 2016 USRowing Central Youth Championships on the adjacent Oklahoma River. More than 1,500 youth rowers will compete for regional titles and bid to the USRowing Youth National Championships in June.

“You will never find a better weekend to experience all that the Boathouse District has to offer,” said Mike Knopp, the executive director of the OKC Boathouse Foundation. “You’ll get a taste of what the Olympics in Rio are all about, see the nation’s top whitewater slalom athletes in action, watch rowing on the Oklahoma River and enjoy live music, great food and, of course, fireworks.”

The grand opening event will feature Team USA’s Road to Rio Tour presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance. The interactive tour will give fans a chance to experience the spirit of the Olympic Games, try their hand at some of the sports and meet Team USA athletes. Oklahoma City is one of only six stops on Team USA’s nation-­wide tour. On Saturday evening, a live concert will be staged in the whitewater center followed by fireworks.

For more information about the Road to Rio Tour, visit

Road to… Launching prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games, the “Road to…” campaigns have brought the spirit and excitement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to Team USA fans across the country. The Road to London Tour featured four sponsors, while the Road to Sochi Tour, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, grew to 10. The USOC capped the Road to Rio Tour sponsors at seven, with Liberty Mutual Insurance once again presenting, and joined by six associate sponsors and a stage sponsor category. More than 200 Team USA athletes have participated in 43 “Road to…” stops in 35 cities throughout the United States.

About the USOC: Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements throughout the country. For more information, visit

About USRowing: USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing has 85,000 individual members and 1,300 member organizations, offering rowing programs for all. USRowing receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners.

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