Head of the Des Moines

Rowers from across the country will gather in Des Moines, IA to race on the Des Moines River on Saturday, September 24, 2022. Registration for events is now open on regattacentral.com for Masters, Collegiate, Juniors, Para, and Open class rowers.

  • Early Registration
    • Opens August 4, 2022 @ 11:59 PM EDT
    • Closes August 16, 2022 @ 11:59 PM EDT
  • Standard Registration
    • Opens August 16, 2022 @ 11:59 PM EDT
    • Closes September 16, 2022 @ 11:59 PM EDT
  • Late Registration
    • Opens September 14, 2022 @ 11:59 PM EDT
    • Closes September 21, 2022 @ 11:59 PM EDT
  • Scratch Window*
    • Opens August 9, 2022 @ 11:59 PM EDT
    • Closes September 16, 2022 @ 11:59 PM EDT
  • Line-ups Due September 21, 2022 @ 11:59 PM EDT
  • Payments Due September 21, 2022 @ 11:59 PM EDT
  • Waiver Due September 21, 2022 @ 11:59 PM EDT

Race Course & Directions

The race course begins by the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and runs upstream 3 miles to the finish line at Prospect Park. Competitors set up at Prospect Park. Viewing areas accessible from Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Captain Roy’s and Prospect Park.

Head of the Des Moines Race Course

To get to Prospect Park from I-80 or I-35, take I-235 to:

  • Euclid Ave Exit #12, go west on Euclid, go south/left on MLK Jr Pkwy, turn east/left on Prospect Road and continue to Prospect Park (on your left).
  • MLK Jr Pkwy/19th St Exit #7, go north on 19th St/ MLK Jr Pkwy, go east/right on Hickman Road, go west/left on Prospect Road (at the bottom of the hill) and continue to Prospect Park (on your right).

Volunteering

Volunteers are essential in making the 2022 HOTDM another successful regatta! This is the best opportunity of the year for DMR masters, youth, and novices to contribute volunteer hours to the Club. Friends and families of rowers, come be part of the HOTDM action! We also welcome community members to help out.

Root on your favorite crews and sign up to be a volunteer. A small amount of everyone’s time adds up to help make this central Iowa’s premier rowing event.

To sign-up for a volunteer position, go to: https://signup.com/go/ORqWgDg


SPONSORS

$1,000 – 2,000 Sponsorship Level

Polk County
Board of Supervisors

Ric & Carol Jurgens

Susan Skinner & Mark Movic Fund

$100 – 500 Sponsorship Level

Katherine & Andrew Hauser

Chiropractic Health & Wellness Clinic, LLC – Aaron Giddings

Marti Wade (Jamie Wade)

Spaghetti Works

Holiday Inn Des Moines DNTN

Electronic Engineering

Waste Connections

Des Moines Rowing is grateful to our sponsors for the 2022 Head of the Des Moines Regatta!
Corporations, businesses and individuals interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jeff McKinney at jscottmckinney@yahoo.com.