By Chris Trefts
The fourth annual Tri-City Prep (TCP) Rowing Crew Ergathon was held on Saturday May 3, 2014. It took place in downtown Prescott in front of Bill’s Pizza, directly across from the Courthouse Square.
The crew started rowing at 7am and completed their goal of 150,000 meters at approximately 6pm that evening. The crew switched off rowing the 150,000 meters, a total of 93 miles, without ever letting the “erg” or rowing machine stop. As one crew member got off the machine, another would very quickly get on, keeping the handles in motion at all times. The total distance rowed is the equivalent from Prescott to Phoenix. Crew members rowed at least 1,000 meters each time they took their turn on the erg. The day was exhausting but very rewarding for the crew.
The event was very well received from the masses of people milling about downtown due to all the events. Along with the rowing Ergathon, there was the Whiskey Row Marathon and the Cinco de Mayo celebration, along with many other activities. When the crew took a break from rowing, they circulated through the crowd at the Courthouse Square with flyers advertising the event.
The TCP Crew are in the process of collecting their donations, but believe that they did excellent at fundraising for the exciting event. This was Coach Kaplan’s last Ergathon because, sadly, he is leaving TCP next year. The rowing crew will miss him very much. All the best to Coach Kaplan!
All photo credit to Kelcie Kruse