A rowing race on the Thames since 1715
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Doggett's Coat and Badge rowing race has been contested continuously since 1715 among the watermen of the Thames. It's a throwback to the era of urban life that saw sports betting assume its modern form. The winner receives a red coat, knee breeches, and a silver badge that was the old-school version of a cab medallion for Thames watermen.