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Pull With Purpose! Rowathon Raises Over $16,000 for Nyack Center

Saturday, March 15 saw a packed Nyack Center with 20 teams competing in the annual Pull With Purpose Row-a-thon. Competitors included local teams from Nyack Center, Nyack Rotary Club, Nyack Fitness and the River Rowing Association, as well as visiting teams from Row NY.  The top placing team in the racing category was the RRA's own varsity boys who had both the top raw score and the top adjusted score.  Their effort was all the more impressive in that their erg lost connection and caused them to fall back about 300 meters behind the RRA Directors with 20 minutes to go.  Their amazing effort to come back was inspirational.  On an age/gender adjusted basis, the top 5 teams were extremely close.  See below for the final results:

Pull With Purpose Row-a-Thon - March 15th

The River Rowing Association will be hosting it's 8th Annual Pull With Purpose Rowathon on March 15th.  As in recent years, the 2014 event will be a fundraiser to support the Nyack Center - a local community center that supports low-income families with many before and after school programs, including free breakfasts, after school tutoring and summer camps.  The Nyack Center is a critical resource for our community and we are thrilled to again support its important work.

Please consider creating or joining a team this year.  No prior rowing experience is necessary!

The event is free, but all participants are urged to raise funds.  The easiest way is to use online fundraising available via - simply go to the website and:

1. Sign in / create an account for yourself if you've not participated before.
2. Search for Nyack Center and register for the Pull With Purpose Rowathon 2014
3. Create a team or join an existing one.
4. Create your own fundraising page - you'll need to do this even if you've participated in prior years.
5. Use FirstGiving's website to invite people to donate to your page via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. You can also simply email a link to your page to friends and family.

Our goal is to raise $20,000 this year!  The Pull With Purpose Rowathon is a 2 hour team relay race on indoor rowing machines called ergometers, or ergs for short.  Each team shares one erg among its members - rowing the erg in relay fashion to try to cover more electronic meters than other teams.  Teams can have any number of participants, however to register as part of the competitive category, teams are limited to 5 or fewer rowers.  If you're just doing it for fun, larger teams of rowers can keep this a very manageable event even for those not in the best shape of their lives.

All teams whose rowers raise at least $75 per person will receive t-shirts.

As in the past, the RRA coaching staff will be on hand before and during the rowathon to give pointers on proper technique.

The rowathon will be held at the Nyack Center (58 Depew - corner of Depew and Broadway in Nyack, NY) on Saturday, March 15th.  Registration opens at 8:00am and the competition starts at 9:00am.

To find out more about the Nyack Center - please visit

Sammi Wins a Hammer at CRASH B's!

Sammi Hashash was part of the RRA crew of 11 youth rowers that headed to Boston for February 16th's C.R.A.S.H.-B. World Indoor Rowing Championships.  Competing in one of the adaptive categories (LTA - Vision Impaired), Sammi won!  This was the RRA's first trip to CRASH B's and we are thrilled to have one or our rowers come back with a coveted CRASH B Hammer.  With over 2000 rowers competing from all over the world, the CRASH B's offer the ultimate in competition on indoor rowing machines.  While none of the other RRA rowers won, many set personal records and placed very well among an extremely competitive field.  For more information about CRASH-Bs, see and for more details and photos of RRA athletes competing there, please visit our Parent Advisory Commitee blog at

RRA's rowers will next compete in our Annual Pull With Purpose Row-a-Thon on March 15th to benefit the Nyack Center.  Stay tuned for more details.

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.