The Great Race is an annual rowing race between the men's eight from the University of Waikato, New Zealand and the men's eight alternating each year between the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge (both of the United Kingdom). The race is held over a five kilometre stretch of the Waikato River in Hamilton, New Zealand. Rowing refers to several forms of physical activity: For rowing boats in general, see Watercraft rowing. ... The University of Waikato is located in Hamilton and Tauranga, New Zealand, and was established in 1964. ... The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford, England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... The University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... Waikato River passing through Hamilton The Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand. ... Waikato River passing through Hamilton Hamilton is New Zealands 4th-largest metropolitan area. ...
The race was the creation of a former vice-chancellor of the University of Waikato Bryan Gould, a graduate of the University of Oxford. Bryan Gould (born February 11, United Kingdom, but was born in New Zealand. ...
The first race was held on September 1, 2002 where the University of Waikato crew lead from the start and won by many boat lengths over the Cambridge University crew. September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years). ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...
For the second race September 7, 2003, the Oxford crew got out to an early lead of two boat lengths by the first bridge. By half way the Waikato crew had caught up and powered home to win the race by two boat lengths. September 7 is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years). ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...
The GreatRace is a 1965 slapstick comedy movie directed by Blake Edwards, written by Blake Edwards and Arthur A. Ross, with music by Henry Mancini and cinematography by Russell Harlan.
The race begins and Fate's sidekick, Max Meen (Peter Falk), has carried out his master's instructions to fatally sabotage all the other cars except Leslie's (and DuBois' since she was late to the starting grid).
Fate's motivation is for the race to be a one-to-one standup fight between himself and Leslie.
Cambridge University, who race Waikato University for the Harry Mahon Memorial Trophy, have announced they will be carrying a teka (Maori carving) in their boat to motivate them during the GreatRace, on Saturday 2 September.
The Gallagher GreatRace has been set for September 2, with the titanic clash between Cambridge and Waikato universities expected to draw the crowds.
GreatRace crew members in both the mens and womens crews have consistently represented New Zealand internationally and 2006 is no different.
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