2015 Regatta Schedule


Schuylkill Navy Run 2014

Held annually since 1899, the Schuylkill Navy Run is on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. The race will start promptly at 9:15 am at Malta Boat Club on Kelly Drive.

Official results

2014 Division Winners
  Men Women
Open Matthew Ryan, Undine Liz Welsh, Undine
Juniors William Schmidt, Crescent Christina Knox, Whitemarsh
Masters Jacques Greenberg, University Cass Cunningham, College
Guests Gardner Yost - 1st place overall Mary Cordero, Whitemarsh
Novice Jonathan Kirkegaard, Vesper Mariano Folco, Vesper
Team Point Trophies
  Men Women Junior Men Junior Women
1st Crescent, 56 Vesper, 9 Crescent, 36 Whitemarsh, 19
2nd Undine, 60 Undine, 14 Penn AC, 62 Crescent, 45
3rd Penn AC, 89 Penn AC, 49    

Past Winners - updated with 2014 results

Everybody from C.T. Barrow in 1899 to 9-time winner Mike Teti and reigning champion Matthew Ryan. From Karin Constant in 1973 to 5-time winner and reigning champion Liz Welsh.  All Junior, Masters, Novice and Guest winners since 2000.

Update Nov. 25

The race is ON!! No delays in start time or postponements because of weather contemplated. 9:15 am start.

You must be present at the awards ceremony at Fairmount to pick up an award. 

Eligibility Rules

Any and all members of Schuylkill Navy clubs and its affiliates are eligible to compete. Affiliates include Whitemarsh Boat Club, Sedgeley Club, Philadelphia Adaptive Rowing, and Philadelphia City Rowing.

Friends and family who do not meet the above requirements may run as guests. First guest runners, male and female, will receive separate prizes. They cannot run as a team and will not count in the team scoring.


  • Juniors - high school students, per USRowing juniors definition
  • Masters - men and women, 40 years and over
  • Open - all other eligible runners - men and women not eligible to run masters or juniors divisions
  • Guests - all others. Prize for first guest, male and female, only. Guests not eligible for other prizes.
  • Novice - running in the Turkey Trot for the first time. A trophy and prize is presented to the first male and female novice. Novice is a subcategory, so you enter novice open, novice master, novice junior or novice guest.

Entry Fees and Deadlines

All entries must paid via Regatta Central as part of the entry process. Entry fee is $25 per person, $30 after November 21. Phone and email entries will not be accepted.  Any late entries after Friday, November 21, must be done on Thursday morning between 7:30 and 8:30 am at Malta.

Late Entries

Late entries accepted thur Nov 25 on Regatta Central. Late entries after November 25 will be accepted only at registration between 7:30 and 8:30 am Thursday at Malta BC. The late entry fee is $30.

Race Day Registration

Club designees may pick up registration packets on Thursday morning between 7:30 and 8:30 at Malta. Registration will be closed promptly at 8:30.

Donate a prize

One of the things that makes the Turkey Trot so memorable is the prizes. Each year the committee solicits prizes from the Philadelphia rowing community. We typically line up 60 to 100 prizes and everyone selects a prize in the order in which they finished.

Minimum donation is $25. Your name will be engraved on the prize or a label, and you'll feel good about contributing.

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The Course

The course is 5 and 5/8 miles over hilly terrain. Starting at Malta Boat Club on Kelly Drive, the runners go inbound on Kelly to the traffic light in front of Lloyd Hall, turn left and go up Lemon Hill and over Girard Avenue bridge, then right onto Lansdowne Avenue. Just past Sweetbriar cutoff, the course turns right and starts the true "cross country" segment: from here the race is over grassy surface. Runners go to Meade Monument, then follow the cyclone fence to the Pagoda entrance gate, cross thru the service entrance to Belmont Plateau, up the hill to Belmont Mansion, and return by way of Brewery Hill, down Kelly Drive to Malta.


Points for team trophies will be scored only by the first five finishers from each club for mens teams and the first three finishers from each club for womens teams. Only those eligible in accordance with the Eligibility Rules will be permitted to run in the race. Anyone running with the wrong number (or someone else's number) will be disqualified and their team (club) will be assessed an additional 25 points.

Award Ceremony

The award ceremony will be held at Fairmount Rowing Association this year. Awards will begin as quickly after the last runner has crossed the finish line as possible. We thank Fairmount for their hospitality in hosting the awards ceremony.

Past Winners

Everybody from C.T. Barrow in 1899 to 9-time winner Mike Teti and reigning champion Ryan Archer. From Karin Constant in 1973 to reigning champion Liz Welsh.  All Junior, Masters, Novice and Guest winners since 2000.

2013 Results

2012 Results

2011 Results

Birding Update

The buffleheads are here!  Yesterday I saw two flocks of five, one swimming around the race course, and the other flying down by the dam rope. It could have been the same flock twice. Look for very small ducks with white heads, who dive. If they all disappear underwater at once, just wait a minute. They are extremely cute but shy.

There are also three great blue herons. Two seem to be hanging together and the other by itself.
An adult bald eagle had been hanging around the silt island across from Lloyd Hall, and flying up and down the river, but s/he seems to have moved on. They mainly eat fish so it was probably interested in the area around the fish ladder.
The red-tailed hawk pair ("Mom" and "T2") who are famous from their Franklin Institute web cam have been expanding their territory a bit, coming onto the silt island and perching high atop the Art Museum on our side.  There is another RTH pair that seems to be local to Lemon Hill, so the F.I. pair were probably testing the limits, and may have backed off a bit. 
Yesterday I rowed by a Cooper's hawk that was hassling/hunting some little birds right at the Sedgely boathouse by the water. Look for a long striped tail to identify a Cooper's (or the similar Sharp-shinned) compared to a red-tail, which has a shorter tail and is a bigger bird.   
Last week I saw a pied-billed grebe hanging out with some mallards, but have not seen it since. In past years these grebes have been spotted mostly along the west bank.
And the fabulous belted kingfishers are chattering away. Yesterday I got close to a female kingfisher on a branch near the adaptive boathouse. She eventually flew chattering into the inlet. Females and juveniles have rust colored breasts. The male is just blue, black, and white.
Enjoy the winter birds!
Sandy  Sorlien
Bachelors Barge Club
Environmental Educator, Fairmount Water Works

2014 Results

Support Ginny Kauffman's Health Mission

Ginny Kaufman, a long time member of Vesper, is going on a mission to provide health care in Central America in two weeks, she is collecting basic hygiene supplies and also applying for donations to support the work.
I am collecting multivitamins with iron, no specialty stuff such as B complexes, Vitamin D, no gummies, they melt in the heat, and tooth brushes and travel sized tooth paste. Please make sure the vitamins expire on or after January 2014. Thank you for your support!! See you on the water. Ginny
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