For rowing aficionados planning to partake in the 75th annual Dad Vail Regatta, president Jim Hanna wants you to know that the race is still on - with just a few minor alterations.

Yesterday, practices were canceled due to a mixture of inclement weather and river conditions, leaving questions about today's proceedings. Officials decided to push the start time from 7 to 8 a.m. to accommodate the hundreds of teams and onlookers expected along Kelly Drive today.

In addition, teams will race in a head-to-head format as opposed to the traditional side-by-side style that, according to Hanna, allows for a "safer way to row given the current conditions." Also, the course length has been shortened from 2,000 to 1,500 meters to accommodate the overwhelming number of participants.

"These kids want to race and we feel this format is the best way to ensure that's exactly what they get," Hanna said.

Hanna added that these changes should only apply to today's events, as the hope is to revert back to the original format for tomorrow's proceedings.

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- Kerith Gabriel