USRowing to Expand the Head Race National Championships

28 Jul

PRINCETON, N.J. – USRowing is pleased to announce that it is expanding the 2015 Head Race National Championships from a masters only event to include junior and under 23 categories and is partnering with the Merrimac River Rowing Association to hold the regatta in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The Head Race National Championships has been a masters only event since its inception in 2012. This year the event will be run on Saturday, Oct. 3 in conjunction with the Textile River Regatta, which will be held Oct. 4.

“We’re looking for ways to offer more racing opportunities to our members at the national level,” said USRowing Events Manager A.J. Dominique. “Since offering the regatta as a masters only event we have seen substantial growth on the youth levels and under 23 levels, so we thought it made sense to add those categories to this event and offer a full head race across the board.”

Dominique said the regatta will feature junior racing in the same 18 events contested at the youth national championships, which includes both sculling and sweep categories, and that four categories will be offered on the under 23 level, including singles sculls, quadruple sculls, fours and eights.

The Masters National Head Race Championships was last run in November, 2014, in Augusta, Georgia, the day after Head of the South on the Savannah River. The event has not yet been held in the Northeast where there is a large rowing community.

The Textile River Regatta is an annual head race held on the Merrimack River that features racing in junior, open, masters and collegiate categories.

According to long-term regatta director, Jay Feenan, the Textile River Regatta has grown to the point that the number of entries have had to be limited and that adding the Head Race National Championships will allow organizers to expand the race to a two-day event and offer more to all participants.

“The intent is to go to a two-day event and grow the total number of entries and make an individual day’s events more manageable,” Feenan said.  “It will enhance the environment for the organizers, as well as the teams and individuals that come to race. The Textile River Regatta growth has been mostly among the junior population and we would like to balance the events and offer rowing opportunities across all segments.”

For more information on the 2015 USRowing Head Race National Championships, go here.

For information on the combined event, go here.

Seeking Worcester’s Next Famed Foodie

15 Jul



(Worcester, Massachusetts, July 15, 2015) – The City of Worcester, in partnership with the SMG-managed DCU Center and SAVOR…Catering by SMG, announced today that a brand new multi-purpose restaurant is under construction and set to open this September.

From a collection of seven bids, the City of Worcester has selected APC Development Group for the $594,648 build out of a food and beverage space in downtown Worcester on the corner of Commercial and Foster Streets. Located within the DCU Center, SMG, the private management firm contracted by the City of Worcester to oversee the facility, is charged with identifying a candidate to operate the space.

“This new restaurant continues the city’s commitment to making improvements at the DCU Center, and providing amenities that will continue to build the 18-hour-a-day downtown that we have been working towards,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. “I can’t wait to see what one of Worcester’s bright culinary minds can do with this amazing new space.”

As part of an incubator concept, SMG and its Food and Beverage subsidiary SAVOR…Catering by SMG is accepting applications from entrepreneurial candidates interested in operating the space in an owner/operator-like capacity. The concept is to provide a supportive environment for a budding food professional to hone their skills with the goal of graduating individuals after several years to open their own restaurant in the City of Worcester. The candidate operating the space at the DCU Center will have control of all aspects of the business while receiving management consultation, at no cost, in the areas of human resources, government relations, finance, marketing and operations. “Though the individual selected will need to demonstrate significant experience in food and menu preparation, we will be providing them regular on-going assistance in the other aspects of the restaurant business to ensure long term success,” said Sandy Dunn, general manager of the DCU Center.

With an anticipated opening in mid-September, the eatery is a welcome addition to the growing population of downtown students, residents and the business community. The space will not only service the public but cater to the patrons on the Arena concourse during events. SAVOR…Catering by SMG is a global company with over 145 locations. “Often the most accomplished chefs are unable to take the next step to owning their own establishment,” said Albert Fera, director of food and beverage for SAVOR. “Whether due to a lack of capital, a lack of training in business disciplines like finance and marketing or risk aversion, extremely talented food professionals may be able to transition to ownership if they have the right guidance for a period of time while they are still able to work.”

Interested candidates can find out more information at

The DCU Center is owned by the City of Worcester and managed by SMG. Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 240 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit