The 17th Annual Milwaukee River Challenge splashed into town on Saturday, September 16, 2017 with racing along the Menomonee
and Milwaukee Rivers with more than 900 participants. The 3-mile Challenge started at 25th and Canal Streets on the Menomonee
River and proceeded east to the junction with the Milwaukee River, where crews navigated a 90 degree angle turn as they head north
toward the finish line at Schlitz Park, just below Pleasant Street. Spectators enjoyed the race from more than a dozen bridges,
restaurants and other vantage points that dotted the course and offered spectators intimate views of the racing and blade work.
On a beautiful day, the University of Wisconsin women's team dominated their open class races by finishing 1st, 2nd and
3rd in the 8's and 1st and 2nd in the 4's. Purdue University won both the men's 4's and 8s.
The United States
men's national team also participated in the event.