We are excited to welcome you to Mercer Lake for the 2023 IRA National Championship regatta!

Important information for members of the media can be found below.

Frequently Asked questions

  1. How do I get a credential to cover the IRA?
    Sports Information Directors/Team Photographers should work with their institutional coaching staff to reserve an additional wristband for free admission to the event.All wristbands/credentials will be provided to teams in their registration packet and it is up to each institution to ensure those get into the appropriate hands.There is not an additional place for wristbands/credentials to be picked up.
  2. What if I am not associated with a team?
    Bona fide members of the media that are not associated with a team can contact Katie Boldvich for additional information about securing a credential.
  3. Where can I park?
    We are running our largest IRA National Championship ever and parking will be at a premium. Teams will have first right to all of our administrative parking spots.SIDs/Team Photographers are encouraged to carpool with their teams as additional parking passes will not be made available for administrator vehicles.After all teams check in on Thursday, additional administrative parking passes may be available. Team representatives will need to check in at registration near end of day on Thursday to inquire.
  4. What if I don't want to ride with my team?
    Unfortunately you will need to pay to park at the finish tower with other spectators. We are unable to offer free parking at the finish area.
  5. How do I get on a launch to take pictures?
    No photographers will be permitted on the water on Friday or Saturday.Limited photographers MAY be permitted to ride in a launch on Sunday during the Grand Finals. Priority will be given to institutions racing in priority events.
  6. Are there any other accommodations for media?
    There will be a large media tent staged in front of the finish tower with seating and power for members of the media. We do not offer wifi so please plan accordingly.Further, there is not a secure place to store electronics or personal items.
  7. How are team points calculated?
    Team point allocations can be found here.
  8. When will medals/awards be given out?
    We will not be giving awards out on the water. Instead, awards will be given out at the awards stage which will be sent in the grass area in front of the marina building and adjacent to the boat trailer area.The awards schedule will be posted here closer to the event.