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What's Up For The Weekend With Head Of The Charles Regatta Exec Dir Fred Schoch

Charles Regatta Exec Dir Fred Schoch
Ever wonder how executives in sports business spend their weekends? THE DAILY this week continues "What's Up For The Weekend," providing readers with an inside look at people in our industry. This week, we catch up with Head of the Charles Regatta Exec Dir FRED SCHOCH, who chatted with Staff Writer Theresa Manahan. The Head Of The Charles Regatta, held annually in October, is the world’s largest two-day regatta, attracting more than 8,500 rowers and 300,000 spectators to the banks of Boston’s Charles River.

Q: What are your plans for this weekend?
Schoch: As an alumnus of the University of Washington and member of the school's "Husky Fever Hall of Fame," I'm going to Seattle this weekend to deliver an address to the Huskies’ undergraduate rowing team to help kick off their spring season. While there, I will watch the 110th annual “Class Day Regatta” where teammates from each grade -- Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior -- face off in 2,000 meter races.

Q: What are you really looking forward to this weekend? Anything special planned?
Schoch: I'm looking forward to spending time with old classmates who live in the Seattle area. Living in Boston, I don't often have the chance to see them, so I'm excited to catch up with some of my good college friends and teammates.

Q: What do you like to watch and read on the weekend?
Schoch: I typically spend my weekends in Hanover, New Hampshire, where I like to catch up on non-work related reading. I'm a fan of history and fiction.

Q: What workout routines or activities do you like to do on the weekend?
Schoch: For exercise in the winter, I like to cross country ski and when the weather is warmer, I like to hike. For other activities, my wife and I have been learning to speak Spanish using Rosetta Stone -- we've been challenging each other to see who can become more fluent.

Q: The thing that our readers would be most surprised you love to do on your weekends is ...
Schoch: I like to cook and bake on the weekend. My wife is an excellent cook and with her help, I love a good challenge in the kitchen.

Q: Best weekend ever?
Schoch: My best weekend ever is when I have the opportunity to enjoy a round of golf with my two twenty-something sons, HENRY and WILLARD, and I always enjoy spending time with family.

Q: Favorite weekend getaway?
Schoch: About three years ago, I purchased my house in Hanover, New Hampshire, where I spend about three out of four weekends each month. While I'm at my primary home in Concord, Mass., I feel a little constrained by neighbors on all sides, but when I escape to New Hampshire, I have several acres and enjoy mowing the field and working in the garden.

Q: Guilty weekend pleasure?
Schoch: While baking is one of my favorite activities, making a molten chocolate lava cake and eating it hot out of the oven with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream on top is definitely my guilty pleasure.

Q: Favorite local restaurant?
Schoch: I don't go out for dinner all that much because my wife is such a great chef, so I would have to say my own kitchen is my favorite restaurant. However, when I do go out, I enjoy Eastern Standard in Boston.

Q: Do you have any routine weekend chores?
Schoch: There is always work to be to be done in New Hampshire. In the summer I’m painting and out working in the yard and in the winter, I am constantly snow blowing and splitting wood for the stove.

Q: What is your favorite local nightlife activity?
Schoch: As an active Master's Oarsman, I typically wake up at 4:30am six days a week, so I’m usually in bed by 9:30pm Rowing more than 1,000 miles a year, including my participation in the Head of the Charles, doesn't leave me much time to go out at night.

Q: Must see weekend game?
Schoch: That's easy -- The Boston Celtics.
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