40th Anniversary Head of the Trent and Alumni Homecoming at Trent University October 1-3


Weekend highlights include official opening of the new Trent Community Sport & Recreation Centre, rowing regatta, varsity games and more

Tuesday, September 28, 2010, Peterborough

Thousands of alumni and their families are expected to return to Trent University this weekend for the 40th anniversary Head of the Trent and Alumni Homecoming, taking place from Friday, October 1 to Sunday, October 3.

One of Trent’s longest-standing traditions, this annual Trent event attracts alumni, students and community members alike for a busy weekend full of activities framed around the exciting Head of the Trent rowing competition, the largest single day event of its kind in North America. 

Highlights of this year’s weekend-long event include:

Official Opening of the Trent Community Sport & Recreation Centre
On Saturday at 12:30 p.m. special opening ceremonies will be held for the new Trent Community Sport & Recreation Centre (TCSRC) – a modern, multi-sport centre of excellence, designed to serve the wellness needs of all residents of the Peterborough Region. Members of the community are invited to join Mayor Paul Ayotte, Trent University President Dr. Steven E. Franklin, and other dignitaries, at the Official Opening Ceremony. Following the ceremonies, informal tours of the facility will be held, highlighting such state-of-the-art new features, such as the climbing wall, cardio loft overlooking the Otonabee River, Trent Health in Motion in the Centre for Health Excellence, and North America’s most advanced indoor rowing/paddling tank.

Head of the Trent Rowing Regatta
The 40th annual Head of the Trent, North America’s largest single-day head race regatta, gets underway at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 2. Over a thousand athletes from all over Ontario, Quebec and the North-Eastern United States, and representing more than 50 universities and clubs, will travel to Peterborough to participate in this year’s regatta. Races take place on the Trent-Severn Waterway, starting at the Parkhill Road Bridge and winding through the Trent Canal to finish 5km later at Trent’s Symons Campus, cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd. The race’s rich history and unbeatable atmosphere make the Head of the Trent this region’s premiere rowing event of the fall.

Homecoming Festival at Alumni House
The homecoming festival returns for another year to Champlain Field, next to Alumni House.  Running from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, the festival includes a licensed tent and BBQ, an Alumni House open house and lots of fun children’s activities, including face painting and free balloons. All alumni are also welcome to the Association's Annual General Meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday in Alumni House.

Varsity and Alumni Sports
In addition to the rowing regatta, be sure to check out the following varsity and alumni sporting events:

Friday, October 1
7:30 p.m. – Varsity Women's Rugby vs. Queen's, Justin Chiu Stadium

Saturday, October 2
9 a.m. – Alumni Soccer, Justin Chiu Stadium
10 a.m. – Alumni Volleyball, Trent Community Sport & Recreation Centre, Gymnasium
1 p.m. – Varsity Men's Rugby vs. Seneca, Justin Chiu Stadium; and
  Varsity Swim Meet, Trent Community Sport & Recreation Centre, Allan Marshall Pool
3:15 p.m. –Varsity Men's Lacrosse vs. Queen's, Justin Chiu Stadium

Sunday, October 3
3 p.m. –Varsity Men's Lacrosse vs. Carleton, Justin Chiu Stadium

Economic Impact
The economic impact and impact on local businesses for goods and services of Head of the Trent and Alumni Homecoming on the Peterborough area is projected at approximately $2.5 million.


For more information, including a full schedule of events, visit

For more information about the opening of the TCSRC, varsity games and the rowing regatta, contact: Bill Byrick, Director of Athletics, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x1252

For more information about alumni homecoming, contact: Tony Storey, Director of Alumni Affairs, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x1599