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Head of the Charles Regatta called off over coronavirus

The Head of the Charles Regatta is going virtual because of the coronavirus, only the second time since 1965 that the two-day rowing event has been canceled.

The competition scheduled for October will instead go virtual, allowing rowers to take part by racing a 2.9-mile course on their own bodies of water using a GPS device or on an ergometer.

The Head of the Charles is the world's largest two-day rowing race, with 11,000 competitors from around the world.

The race was also canceled in 1996 during a rain and wind storm.