“This is one of the premier regattas in the country and the largest on the West coast,” said SCKC Sprint Team coach Aasim Saleh.
Aside from the contingent from Seattle, Rento and Gig Harbor, athletes of all ages from British Columbia, Alberta, and Hawaii are aiming for top honors in Olympic-style flat water kayak and canoeing.
The event is more than just club and country pride, it is an opportunity for home-grown talent to shine. Few know this better than SCKC President and two-time Olympian Jordan Malloch, “It’s our home regatta; it’s special to me.” It can also be a glimpse of a bright future for athletes who do well at this event. “Locally, four paddlers will join the US National team and compete in Europe after Ted Houk,” Saleh added.
The history of the Ted Houk Regatta is deep rooted in Seattle and the Green Lake Community. Named after Theodore W. Houk, who brought the sport to Green Lake, it has evolved from an endurance race to the multiday sprint event it is today.
Racing starts at 8am and is limited to paddling clubs and their members, but everyone is welcome to watch the event and discover more about the sport from SCKC.
Update, Tuesday June 8: The 2010 Ted Houk Memorial Regatta race results are now available at scn.org.