Adam Nizgoda said the regatta has been his favorite Oklahoma City event for the past couple of years.
Nizgoda, 28, said he remembers growing up with the river being an eyesore.
“The development of this area is just incredible,” he said. “That used to be just a big mud hole, and now look at what we have. This is truly a big-time event.”
While he's never gotten around to learning how to row, Nizgoda said he loves the area around the river for the bike trails.
“My friends and I come out here and just ride for hours,” he said. “One day I think I'll get around to learning how to row. I think everyone in Oklahoma City might one day.”