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Race Day Guide

Come out and cheer on the Huskies on the Montlake Cut this year.

Here’s a guide to help you plan your race day. Don’t forget to wear purple and cheer loudly! See race schedule here.


Anywhere along the Montlake Cut provides excellent viewing of the races, but here are three areas that are popular with our fans.

Finish Line. The finish line is located on the northwest side of the Montlake Cut behind the UW Medical Center. It can be accessed through the walkway along the Cut. In addition, the south side of the Cut has a walkway that runs 500 meters to the finish. Lane 1 is nearest to this side, and the finish line flag is here as well.

Montlake Bridge.  Generally packed for major races, viewing from atop the Montlake Bridge provides views eastbound to the start and westbound to the finish. For the Windermere Cup this bridge is closed to automobile traffic, but at all other races it is not, and spectators need to be especially aware of traffic on this busy thoroughfare. There are stairs down to the Cut on both ends of the bridge: stairs on the east side (on the south end of the bridge) and on the west side (at the north end).

Canoe House. Located on the northeast of the Cut, this is the old Navy hangar that served as our shellhouse from 1920 to 1949. The 1923 IRA champions, the ’36 guys, the ’48 guys – all called this home. So for the old-timers, or for those who enjoy the past with the present, this is a good place to watch.  Also, at about 600 meters left in the race and at the entrance to the Cut, things get a little wild in here.


The best option is to pay to park in Lot E1 and walk south to Conibear Shellhouse (<1/4 mile) and the Montlake Cut
race course (>1/4 mile). E1 is located north of Husky Stadium near the Husky baseball field. Fee may be paid by credit card at several entry points. AWARDS CEREMONY After each home race, we hold an awards ceremony on the apron (water side) of Conibear Shellhouse approximately 30 minutes following the finish of the last race. Parents, fans and alumni are welcome! LIVE


Most home races will be streamed live on the Internet. To access the stream, click on the Live Stream button on the homepage of Fans near the finish line can also view the live stream on television monitors. Live results are also available on HereNow. com and via Twitter: @UW_Rowing.