April 7, 2018
The event will be held on the northern shore of the Occoquan Reservoir in Sandy Run Regional Park, 10450 Van Thompson Road, Fairfax Station, VA
Sandy Run Website: https://www.novaparks.com/parks/sandy-run-regional-park
Rower Travel Schedule
6:30am – Bus 1 – Men’s and Women’s 1st and 2nd 8s + ALL coxswains
7:30am – Coxswain meeting in the erg shed above Boathouse 3
8:30am – Bus 2 – Men’s 3rd and Freshman 8s, Women’s 3rd and 4th 8s.
Race Schedule & Results
Race schedule (PDF)
Follow race results on Twitter @VASRAResults
The race course is on the Occoquan Reservoir.
The area where the Regatta Headquarters is located includes the boat launch area, the boat trailers, the W-L team tent (where rowers hang out), and a concession area. The race finish line and the grandstand/cheering section are located further up the river. The two areas are connected by a trail that goes through the woods – about ½ mile. The trail is a dirt path, not paved, but is a lovely walk along the river and the forest. Make sure to wear good walking shoes – no sandals or flip flops.
If you do not want to walk to the race, there is usually a shuttle bus that can take you to the viewing area. Ask the parking attendants how to find the shuttle and the price.
There is also a food concession stand at the grandstand, along with bathrooms. Unfortunately, no dogs permitted in the park. For more info, go to http://www.nvrpa.org/park/sandy_run
Directions and Parking
Follow parking updates on the day of the regatta on Twitter @VASRAParking
Click on “View larger map” to get directions.
With no delays (check traffic report the morning of the race) the park entrance to Sandy Run Regional Park is about 30 minutes from Arlington. Plan to arrive at the parking area at least 3 hours prior to your rower’s race.
Parking Fee is $20 per Car. During large regattas, lots at Sandy Run fill up
rapidly. Please watch the Twitter account #VASRAParking for updates on
the status of the parking lots.
Our Off Site parking location is opposite this address: 128 49 Gordon Blvd. (Rt. 123) Woodbridge. Directions: Turn south on Rt. 123. Proceed 4.8 miles, crossing theOccoquan River. The parking lot is on the right, the old Hechinger’s location, at the intersection of Rt. 123 and Old Bridge Rd.
Shuttles will be in position when Sandy Run lots fill. It is our intention that a
shuttle will leave the off site parking every 30 minutes. There will be an
attendant on the shuttles collecting the shuttle fee, which is $5 per
The good news is that we’ve dodged the April Blizzard. It will be cold and might be a little wet so please plan accordingly for your rower and yourself if you can come down to cheer on the team.
For 1st and 2nd Varsity crews with heats and finals, it’s also recommended to bring a 2nd set of racing gear to wear if you make the finals.
Rowers need to bring their own food for races at the Occoquan. They should pack a lunch, snacks, and drinks. It is a long day, so make sure they have enough healthy food/snacks to sustain their energy levels!
Team members and parents should bring lots of water – the water in the park is not turned on yet. Rowers should also bring plenty of food – it will be a long day.
There is a concession stand near the launch area with grilled food, so your rower should also bring some money if they want to purchase food. There is also a concession stand at the viewing area for parents to get food (cash only).
If you volunteered for a VASRA job at at this or any other race, remember to sign in for W-L to get credit for being there. Once you park, go toward the boat launch area. The sign-in area is in a small building to the right as you near the water that has a large “VOLUNTEER SIGN-IN” sign. If you are doing a job at the finish portion of the course, plan to sign in at least ½ hour before your shift so that you have enough time to walk down to the finish area.
Rowers will also be able to purchase a shirt that commemorates the race (or you can purchase it for them at the concession stand). The price is usually under $20 and is (again) payable only in cash.
Items for Parents to Bring
Cash for parking and food
Reading material for between races
(not allowed in the park are dogs, bikes, or alcohol)
Also — there are only porta-potties (suggest you bring hand sanitizer or hand-wipes — pack some for your rower, too, along with bug spray, sunscreen, and a hat for them)