The Boat Race

On April 6, a men’s rowing boat race was held on the River Thames in London, United Kingdom between the country’s two famous universities, Oxford and Cambridge. The race is called “The Boat Race”, and is an annual tradition. It is a 6.8 km (4.2 mile) long race. It started in 1829, when two friends who went to the two universities challenged each other to a race. This year, Oxford was the winner. Cambridge has won 81 times. Oxford is close behind with 78 wins. The two tied one year. A women’s rowing race is also held every year. This year, it was held in March, and Oxford won that race as well.

Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. The university does not have a date of foundation, but some form of teaching existed at Oxford in the year 1096. The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209 by some scholars from Oxford. Famous authors whose books you might have read studied at Oxford. Some of them are C.S. Lewis, the author of “Chronicles of Narnia”, Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson), the author of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, and J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

You can watch part of the 2014 men’s race here.


Did you know?

Harvard University (in USA) was named after a graduate from Cambridge called John Harvard.

Did you know?

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the “oldest existing, and continually operating educational institution in the world” is  the University of Karueein, founded in 859 AD in Fez, Morocco.

Image Credits: Oxford University Images and Tom Dymond for boat race’s image