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9th Annual Pull With Purpose Row-a-thon Results

The River Rowing Association held it's 9th Annual Pull With Purpose Row-a-thon to support our local community.  This year, all proceeds again went to the Nyack Center - a local community center that does fantastic work.  Providing free and discounted breakfasts to kids before school, holding after school day care and tutoring, running free summer camps and more - the Nyack Center offers much needed support to many families in the Nyack area.  While final tallies on money raised are not yet in, the total seems to be about $12,000.  Congratulations to all who raised funds and to all the competitors!

Results for the racing youth teams showed the RRA youth women topping the podium again this year, with the RRA youth men just behind after adjusting for handicaps.  Clarkstown High School teams came with great attitude to support the cause and to row hard - taking 3rd through 7th place.  Last, but least only in age, were two teams of younger rowers who came from the great Row New York program.

Youth “Racing” Teams
Raw Result
Handicap
Final Result (m)
1.Do More
31631
20%
37957
2.El Squad
35421
0
35421
3.The Minions
27474
20%
32968
4.Cinderella
27419
20%
32902
5.Muddy Water and the Gang
32873
0
32873
6.Thor’s Hammer
31258
0
31258
7.The Avengers
31096
0
31096
8.RNY Wildcats
24522
20%
29426
9.RNY Lonely Flowers
23288
20%
27946

While most adult teams had more than the allowed 5 maximum rowers to field a racing squad, the rowing was quite fierce as well, with RRA's Old Boys in the Boat coming in first.  Though the Nyack Center Rockers were the top fund-raising team - with over $4,000 raised!

Adult “Non-racing” Teams
Raw Result
Handicap
Final Result (m)
1. Old Boys in the Boat
33384
5%
35053
2. Team Wren
25547
20%
31933
3. Nyack Center Renegades
29570
5%
31048
4. ”Row”Tarians
24996
20%
29995
5. Nyack Center Rockers
24167
20%
29000


Congratulations again to all!

RRA Rowers Score Medals at Don Bosco's Ironmen Erg Classic

The River Rowing Association was well represented on the medal stand at Don Bosco's Ironment Erg Classic.  To start the day, two of our masters rowers medaled -winning 2nd place in the Men's Senior category (40-49) and 1st place in Men's Veterans Category (50+).  Then the youth team took over with 1st and 3rd place (of 21) in Boys' 8th Grade event, 1st place (of 17) in the Women's Coxswain race, 1st, 2nd and 3rd - a sweep! - (of 15) in the Women's HS Novice event, 1st (of 36) in the Women's HS Lightweight event, 2nd and 3rd (of 49) in the Women's HS Open race and 3rd (of 77) in the Men's HS Open event.  Congratulations to all the participants and medalists!

Get in the Shape of Your of Your Life! New Indoor Rowing Classes with RRA

The River Rowing Association is offering adult rowing classes at our new indoor training facility at 256 Main Street in Nyack. As of December 15th, classes will be offered at 9 am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 7 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Sundays at 9 am.  Please take a look and like our Facebook page.  Any updates will be published there first.

The workout will take place on the Concept 2 rowing ergometer, the training tool of choice for competitive rowers around the world.  Here's a quick run down on why rowing is so great:
  • Provides a full body workout - Many imagine that rowing is focused mostly on arms or upper body. However, because the rower's seat moves along a track, rowing engages all major muscle groups with every stroke - providing an excellent workout for the entire body. Rowing both builds strength and improves cardiovascular health. It's no surprise that Olympic rowers are considered to be the fittest athletes in the world!
  • Is low impact - while rowing can be as intense an exercise as you would like (intensity increases with effort), rowing is also a very low impact sport. With no jarring movements and little pressure on joints, rowing is something individuals of all ages can try. Anyone can learn to row.
Each class is $20, with discounted 10-packs available for $150.  Starting in January you will also be able to buy unlimited monthlies for $199.  Payment is expected before class begins. Please contact us with any questions at info@riverrowing.org.

For an interesting article on indoor rowing read Rowing Is the New Spinning in Harper's Bazaar.

As a reminder, we also offer a masters rowing team for any interested adults - no experience needed. Our masters program does not include a formal instructor to lead sessions - new rowers learn from the team's experienced rowers with occasional coaching from our coaching staff. Also, the masters team indoor training consists of rigorous workouts geared toward creating fitness for on-water rowing and racing in the spring, summer and fall (you don't need to race to be a masters rower, but the option is available in both team boats and singles). Masters train from 5:30am to 7:00am M-F and from 6:00am to 7:30am on Saturdays.  Rowers attend practices as their schedules permit. Anyone interested in joining the RRA masters rowing team can contact us or simply sign-up online via our website.
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The RRA is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 registered organization. We rely on your support.

Enrollment is currently open for all 2014 Junior and Master programs.

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In November of 2010, River Rowing invited Laura Schwanger, Paralympic Rowing Champion to our Annual Gala for a talk. Watch the video.