October 3, 2019

Dear Scullers, Team Representatives and Coaches:

More Updates on the Event! Have questions, please email us at help@occoquanchallenge.com!


Click on the Yellow Racing Sheet Button at www.occoquanchallenge.com


3:00pm on Saturday, Race Course Officially Opens(dependent on weather)

6:30pm- 7:00pm on Saturday, Park Close(Early Trailer Drop-off) 

7:30am on Sunday, Park Opens

9:00 am on Sunday, Pack pick-up and Registration Opens 

Approx. -> 9:00-10:00am am on Sunday, Fr...

October 1, 2019

Midnight, Last Night the racing registration was closed. We are now only accepting WAITLIST entries. 

See Racing Sheet at Top of this Page


September 29, 2019

At the Challenge, we encourage you to put up your tents at the bottom of the hill right next to the finish! Need help with logistics? Email us help@occoquanchallenge.com!

August 10, 2019

We are so excited to hit our 20th YEAR! Holy Cow...  Expect a great Challenge this year. Have questions or issues please contact us!

October 8, 2018

Our Photographer is offering up some great shots at...


Take them!

August 25, 2018

Hello, 2017 Registrants! 

We want you! This year's event will be held on October 7, 2018. To learn more about the event visit us at www.occoquanchallenge.com

The Challenge Event Staff!

The Challenge is unlike any other head race currently held in the United States. Not a stake race, or a stop-and-go course, this race allows competitors to race flat out on a fully buoyed course with several challenging turns. Both the start and finish are at the same location!

August 31, 2017

Have you ever wanted to know where the Challenge Dollars we collect goes? 

Largest areas of funding..

40% General operations(insurance, materials, medals, support gear, employees, rental equipment)

15% to NOVA parks(2004-present)

10-15%  Donations(see below)

15% Free or disconnect entries to clubs and schools

15% In the bank! ;)

Past Donations:

  • Capital Rowing Club - 1200 for rowing educational aide

  • NOVA parks - 1500 for paving of Sandy Run lots 

  • NOVA parks - 1250 for water fountain fo...

August 15, 2017

Single scullers who refer other single scullers will receive a free entry. The referred sculler cannot have raced the Challenge in the past two years. Novices and Juniors excluded.

A team who refers another team will both receive free entries. To qualify, the referred team cannot have raced at the Challenge in the past two years, and both teams must also enter in at least six sweep events a piece. 

How does one go about getting these free entries? 

1. During registration, you will be asked...

August 13, 2017

Want to thank all participated in the race survey! See results and comments below...

Survey questions

And... All your survey comments... minus names. About 30% of participants left comments. 

(We will be making sure most if not all of your recommendations are put into our playbook. Count on seeing more on that shortly).

Keep doing you!

Tighten the start to 10 seconds

All good on our end, fun event. 

This is my favorite head race, but it's also a weekend when that people seem to schedule weddings, reuni...

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​Find us:    help@occoquanchallenge.com

Occoquan Challenge is held at: Sandy Run Regional Park​  10450 Van Thompson Rd. Fairfax Station, VA 22039

This event happens because of the support from NOVA Parks, VASRA, USRowing, Several Local High Schools, GMU and Great Volunteers. 

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