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Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

Two students, Charles Merivale of Cambridge University and Charles Wordsworth of Oxford University, first visualised a rowing race between the two academic institutions. The tradition of organising the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race was initiated when, on 12 March, 1829, Cambridge challenged Oxford to a boat race. The challenge was repeated the next year. The boat race event between the two of the world's most famous educational institutions continues to this day with the loser challenging the victor to a re-match each year.

The event has gained international prominence and not only draws the alumni of Oxford and Cambridge but also attracts viewers from around the world. Over 25,000 spectators gather on the banks of River Thames all along the course, which is 4 miles and 374 yards from Putney to Mortlake. According to the 2009 records, Cambridge has won 79 times while Oxford has won the race 74 times.

DateSaturday 26th March 2011
LocationRiver Thames
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