Rowers Row Over a Hundred Miles and Never Leave Prescott

Emily Schulze

            On Saturday January 21, Tri City’s rowing crew hosted an Ergathon at the Prescott Gateway Mall. Over the course of elven hours and fifty five minutes the crew rowed 175,000 meters, 175 kilometers, approximately 108 miles, or just over the distance from the mall to downtown Phoenix.

            In the months leading up to the Ergathon, each rower was required to secure pledges from community members in which they agreed to donate a set amount of money to the rowing team if the set amount of meters was reached during the course of the Ergathon.

Donations were also accepted over the course of the day, and while rowers were not working in some capacity or another they often chose to spend their time educating confused people passing the ergathon as to what they were doing.

The rowing crew did very well during their fundraiser and has secured enough money for upcoming travel expenses and miscellaneous fees.

The rowers also went above and beyond the expectations of their coaches during the day, as the original goal was to row 150 kilometers, not 175. However, as the day progressed and weariness set in, the rowers continued to push themselves ahead of schedule, and ending up with enough time to row the extra 25,000 meters.

Over the course of the day, one erg, which is a rowing simulator, was being rowed constantly, and the 175,000 meters does not include the meters rowed by other people rowing on the five ergs that were present at the mall.

These ergs were used for exhibitions, in which four rowers would row with each other, keeping pace with one another, or to teach non rowers how to row. Overall it was a great experience and our weary rowers had an amazing time raising money and setting new goals.