When we started planning the first ICRI 6 years ago we did so to bring out the best in Illinois collegiate rowing. Our hope was that by bringing together all of the crews from Illinois and nearby states we could grow collegiate racing in our region. Our first year we had just 5 clubs, since then the event has grown substantially, with 12 teams from 6 state in attendance in 2016. Last year, thanks to a lot of local support, we were able to install the framework for a permanent 2K course and clear our space along the shore for spectators and boat storage. As the regatta continues to grow, we are planning to make more significant investments into infrastructure and operations. This year, there will be a few cosmetic updates to the course and buoys, we are adding small boats events, and will be using USRowing officials along with the designation of being a USRowing Registered Regatta. This regatta location has proven to be a perfect spot for racing and we hope to continue working to make it the premier racing venue in the Midwest. We look forward to working with the teams in attendance, USRowing, and our sponsors in the future as a team, and as a regatta board.