The 15th Annual Milwaukee River Challenge splashed into town again this Saturday, September 19, 2015 with racing along the Menomonee
and Milwaukee Rivers with more than 900 participants. The 3-mile Challenge started at 25th and Canal Streets on the Menomonee
River and proceeded east to the junction with the Milwaukee River, where crews navigated a 90 degree angle turn as they headed north
toward the finish line at Schlitz Park, just below Pleasant Street. Spectators enjoyed the race from more than a dozen bridges that
dotted the course and offered spectators intimate views of the racing and blade work.
The Men's National Team lost a skeg prior to their race and used a borrowed boat to race with the Women's National Team. The men gave
the women a substantial early start and were still behind the women at the junction of the Menomonee and Milwaukee Rivers. However,
the men prevailed with a final time of 14:35 for the 3 mile course. The women finished approximately 30 seconds slower.
University of Wisconsin women dominated the Women's Open 8 event with boats finishing 1st and 2nd. The University of Wisconsin also
finished first in the Women's Open 4. MSOE finished first in the men's 4.