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IUPUI feels the heat – and loves it – at 2017 Regatta

Sep 26, 2017
Teams race at the Regatta.
Teams made a splash at the Sept. 23 Regatta event in 90-degree heat, but thousands still attended the event in and along the downtown Indianapolis canal.Photo by Liz Kaye, IU Communications

The only thing hotter than the 90-degree temperature was the competition on the downtown Indianapolis canal for the ninth annual Regatta, IUPUI’s early-fall tradition that showcases teams of paddlers in canoes racing up and down the urban waterway.

Sept. 23 saw 150 teams compete for glory. Pairs had to paddle a quarter-mile down the canal before tagging in fresh paddlers at the Exchange Basin near St. Clair Street. Taking home the canoe-shaped trophies were Phi Delta Theta (Men’s Division), Golden Crowns (Women’s Division), and IUPUI Swimming and Diving (Co-ed Division).

Also winning were the thousands who attended to cheer on the Regatta fleet as well as take in the numerous booths, activities and demonstrations that all promoted IUPUI pride. From a cappella singers crooning Toto tunes to canoe water fights, there was plenty of action surrounding the many heats throughout the day. 

And speaking of heat, those temperatures gave a summer vibe to the 2017 Regatta, and it gave momentum to IUPUI students, staff and faculty for a new academic year worth roaring for.

Paddlers compete in the Regatta.
A Regatta volunteer watches the race.
Students race in the 2017 Regatta.
Paddlers hit the canal with enthusiasm.
Students compete in 2017 Regatta.
Students splash each other at the Regatta.
Students reach the finish line at the Regatta.
Students paddle at the Regatta.
Golden Crowns won the Women's Division.
Phi Delta Theta won the Men's Division.

Photos by Liz Kaye, IU Communications

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