Friday, 30 December 2011 00:00
Nearly 200 participants came together on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Port Indoor Rowing Center, to participate in the first annual Million Meter Row-A-Thon organized by the Friends of Port Rowing. Sixteen teams each rowed 62,500 meters to reach the goal of one million meters in 4 hours 46 minutes and 7 seconds.
The teams for the event were evenly matched with all the student teams containing boys and girls, experienced and novice rowers, middle and high schoolers. This kept the event competitive throughout the evening. More than 150 members of the rowing team came to support the organization. Ari Kramer, one Schreiber freshman, said: “My favorite part of the row-a-thon was that the whole team was there showing support. I participated because, like everyone else, I want this team to become the best rowing team we can be.” In the end, the parent team, with a great deal of help from the coaches, came in second by six seconds to the top teen boat.
The event raised team spirit while it raised needed funds for the organization. The Row-A-Thon raised $40,000. Robert Palmer, a student who began rowing this summer said: “I liked watching each team finish their 62,500 meters. Rowing is important to me, and this is going to help our team improve.” The funds are being used to pay for equipment in the new indoor facility and to finance scholarships to the rowing program.
The club will organize its first competition, The Gold Coast Classic, on January 29, 2012. It will be an indoor regatta with participants competing on ergs (rowing machines). Teams from all over Long Island and New York City are expected to participate.
Friends of Port Rowing expanded its program to include an adult/masters training team with erg classes, focused on technique and fitness, at the indoor facility. The Masters (adult) team will progress to water sessions this spring, and plans to compete in the summer. For more information, go to www.portrowing.com.
This young rowing program continues to grow in both numbers and community outreach as it provides an opportunity to row and experience a team to many different populations.