Every October, around 2000 rowers, along with 5000 spectators head for the banks of the Rock River here in Rockford, as the YMCA's Rowing Crew plays host for the Head of the Rock Regatta.

Whether you're a lover of the sport of rowing, or know absolutely nothing about it, it's well worth your time to budget a few hours on Sunday to head down to the Rock River.

If you're not familiar, the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB) has a rundown of the event:

The Head of the Rock Regatta is a rowing race of 5,000 meters (3.2 miles) on the Rock River, beginning at Martin Park and finishing at the YMCA. It is a sanctioned event of the United States Rowing Association, requiring the observance of US Rowing race protocol. Suggested viewing spots are Martin Park, The Symbol, Sinnissippi Gardens, and anywhere along the east bank of the river between Riverside Boulevard and Whitman Street. Bring picnics, chairs and blankets and get a spot early.

Hours for the Head of the Rock Regatta are this Sunday from 8am-2pm, and admission is free for spectators.

Here's a look at last year's event:

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