This weekend over 120 colleges and 3,700 student athletes took part in the 78th annual Dad Vail Regatta. The event is one of the premiere collegiate rowing competitions and draws competitors from across the country and Canada.
While the spirit of competition is fierce at the Dad Vail Vail, so is the sense of history. The yellow sports jackets that dotted the crowd belonged to volunteers with a minimum of ten years of involvement with the races.
One University of Virginia women’s team was reunited this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their victory. Another spectator explained she first came to the races to cheer on her daughter who was a competitor, but after her graduation they continued to make the trip to Philadelphia for the event.
Purdue, University of Delaware, and University of Virginia all scored major victories at the event, but to those in attendance year after year, the memories may be worth more than the gold medals.