U.S. Lotman Challenge

The Gold Cup is the most storied race in Philadelphia’s rich rowing history and one of the most exciting rowing competitions outside of the Olympic Games. The top amateur single scullers compete against each other in a sprint race on the famed Schuylkill River course. The Gold Cup was first awarded in 1922 to Vesper Boat Club’s John B. Kelly, Sr., after he won the 1920 Olympic gold medal in the single sculls. The Cup disappeared in the early 1960s, but was recovered by a group of rowing enthusiasts led by the late businessman and philanthropist Herb Lotman. It was run in 2011 for the first time in over 50 years and will be held again in 2018.

In 2017, The Philadelphia Gold Challenge Cup Foundation, in partnership with USRowing, the Head Of The Charles Regatta and the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta founded the Herb Lotman United States Rowing Challenge.  The partners recognized the importance of promoting the development of single sculling in the United States and supporting athletes in their journey to national and Olympic teams.  The top American men and women scullers accumulating the most points over the course of the three-race series are awarded cash purses.  Felice Mueller and John Graves won the top prize of $9,000 in the event’s inaugural year.

The 2018 U.S. Lotman Challenge will comprise of three separate events starting with the USRowing National Selection Regatta on April 17-20 in West Windsor, NJ; followed by the Head Of The Charles Regatta on Oct. 20 and culminating on Oct. 27 at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta.

Elite US single scullers must compete in all three events to be eligible for the Herb Lotman United States Challenge Series. Rowers placing in the top ten at NSR I are eligible for points. Rowers with cumulative points in the top eight after the championship singles race at the Head of the Charles Regatta are eligible to compete in the final leg, a 750m short course sprint on the Gold Cup course at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta.

At the conclusion of the series, the American sculler in the men’s and women’s divisions with the most points will receive $5,000, with second place earning $3,000, third place $1,500, fourth place $1,000, fifth place $750, sixth place $500, seventh place $300 and eighth place $200.If a rower finishes wins all three events, the foundation will award $10,000.

To read full guidelines, meet the competitors, or find current standings go to www.goldcup.org

Read the latest Press Releases…

March 22, 2018: U.S.Lotman Challenge Announces Glenmede as Premiere Sponsor

February 23, 2018: Philadelphia Gold Challenge Cup Foundation Announces 2018 US Lotman Challenge

October 31, 2017: U.S. Lotman Challenge Brings New Incentive to Single Sculling

October 16, 2017:  HOCR 2017: Championship Singles with a Twist

July 3, 2017 :    Triple Crown of Rowing, a First for the Rowing Community

June 16, 2017:  New Partners Contribute to 2017 Lotman Challenge Prize Purse

April 21, 2017:   USRowing Joins Partnership to Promote Sculling in the U.S.