Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Downtown is the Official Host Hotel of the 2011 and 2012 Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series

Philadelphia, PA – November 9, 2011 – The Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series recently announced the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Downtown as the Official Host Hotel of the Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series for both the 2011 and 2012 seasons.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

“The team at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Downtown came to us earlier this year, and we are extremely pleased with our relationship with them as an official sponsor of the Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series for both this season, and our season next year,” said John Hogan, Commodore of The Schuylkill Navy, which organizes the Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series.  “The Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Downtown has provided our visiting teams, clubs, parents, families and officials with a variety of room night options this season, and with its central location in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, it is the perfect hotel for all our participants.  We are grateful for their considerable assistance during the course of our debut season and look forward to even more in 2012.” 

Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Downtown is located at 1800 Market Street in Center City Philadelphia, and gives business travelers and visiting guests the amenities and services they need for a productive trip including complimentary high-speed Internet access, a 24-hour business center and meeting space.   With 445 guest rooms, the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Downtown boasts upgraded amenities in all Club Level rooms, as well as award winning service and a spacious new lobby.  The guest rooms feature plush bedding and fine furnishings, while the hotel also has a 24-hour onsite fitness center and access to the Philadelphia Sports Club, in-room dining and a full restaurant and bar in the lobby.  Additional information about the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Downtown is available at http://www.cpphiladelphia.com/

The Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series has been recognized by the Philadelphia Sports Congress as one of the "Premier Annual Events" for the city, state and region along with the Penn Relays (April); Blue Cross Broad Street Run (May); Devon Horse Show (May); TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship (June); Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon (June); ING Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon (September); the Philadelphia Marathon (November) and Army-Navy Football.

The Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series schedule runs from March through November, and features over 35,000 competitors in over 7,700 boats representing not only high schools but colleges, clubs, masters and open programs from around the country. The remaining regattas on this year's schedule include: Saturday, November 12, Hutchinson Cup Regatta (masters/open/coll/h.s./juniors); and Sunday, November 13, Philadelphia Turn & Burn Regatta (masters/open/coll./h.s./clubs)

The Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series brings together for the first time 20 previously independent events in the first organized year-long series of rowing events of its kind in any major U.S. city. The Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series is organized by the Schuylkill Navy, which is the oldest amateur athletic governing body in the country, representing the 12 rowing clubs based on Philadelphia's landmark Boathouse Row.

With three of the largest regattas in the Mid-Atlantic region on the schedule, as well as two of the nation's oldest regattas, the Philadelphia Classic Regatta Series connects the rowing competitors of today to the historic home of the international rowing elite. It is built upon a tradition that launched November 12, 1835 with the first organized regatta on the Schuylkill (a full eight years before the start of the rowing program at Harvard). Over 175 years later, the Schuylkill River hosts more regattas annually than any other river in the nation. Additional information is available at http://www.BoathouseRow.org.

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