Row to Rio


“Row to Rio” is USRowing's national marketing campaign to actively involve the entire rowing community in supporting the U.S. National Team on its journey to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio. The campaign aims to raise awareness for the sport of rowing and introduce 2016 Olympic hopefuls through traditional and non-traditional initiatives.

Led by a strong and bold group of Olympic Legends, and working with partners from across the country, the campaign will include club challenges, corporate and partner activations, specialized merchandise and a series of team-building and social events. In addition to Liberty Mutual Insurance, USRowing sponsors ANX, Boathouse Sports, HHilton, JanSport, BucketList Events, Rudy Project and United Airlines will play an important role in the campaign through their support of rowing athletes. Row to Rio provides the perfect platform for sponsors and partners to align with USRowing’s gold-medal tradition.

The fundraising component will be run in partnership with the National Rowing Foundation (NRF) as part of its longstanding commitment to supporting the U.S. Team. The NRF has supported USRowing and the U.S Olympic and Paralympic teams since 1966. The grassroots campaign will incorporate competitions and events among traditional rowing clubs.

Additional elements of the Row to Rio campaign include:
  • A strong network of 1,300 rowing clubs throughout the country raising awareness through events, viewing parties, athlete meet and greets and rowing challenges.
  • RocknRow parties - hosted in key markets will allow the rowing community to join together in a fun atmosphere with 2016 Olympic hopefuls and members of the Legends Circle.
  • Row to Rio Erg Challenges - fundraising competitions encouraging the community to row the distance from their hometown to Rio.
  • #RowToRio - ongoing social media campaign supported by current athletes and partners.
New elements will continue to be rolled out over the next 16 months to keep the rowing community involved and engaged at every level. The program will continue through the Games, featuring athlete and event updates from Rio.

Meet our 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Hopefuls


Row to Rio Meters Challenge

Join USRowing to log over 7 Million Meters and show our support for the U.S. National Team as they gear up for the 2016 Summer Olympics. All are invited to join the challenge. You can participate at select events and online.

Click here to participate!

Join clubs from around the country to fundraise for Team USA!

Row to Rio Boat Club Challenge

Clubs are invited to participate in the Row to Rio Boat Club Challenge, hosted by USRowing and the NRF. Funds raised will help support US Olympic & Paralympic Rowing Teams as they prepare for the 2016 Summer Games.

Click here to start a rally

Row to Rio - Legends Circle

To showcase the rich heritage of the sport, USRowing is launching the “Legends Circle". The council includes more than 50 Olympians spanning several generations and Olympiads, who will spearhead Row to Rio activities. Olympians committed to date include:

Wyatt Allen
Sebastian Bea
Carol Brown
John Chatzky
Peter Cipollone
Ali Cox Verissimo
Anna Mickelson Cummins
Caryn Davies
Natalie Dell O’Brien
      Anita DeFrantz
Jim Dietz
Mara Ford
Susan Francia
Scott Gault
Ginny Gilder
Carie Graves
Jo Hannifin
Elliot Hovey
           Kate Johnson
Rob Jones
Jeff Klepacki
Jamie Koven
Esther Lofgren
Oksana Masters
Kelly Mitchell
Ted Murphy
              John Nunn
Liz O'Leary
Taylor Ritzel
Raoul Rodriguez
Mike Teti
Alison Townley
Dan Walsh
Mary Whipple Murray 

Virtual Hangouts with Team USA

Great for Juniors / High School Programs! Meet National Team athletes in an interactive, 30-minute online video session. Ask questions about training, racing, the selection process, erg tests, etc.

  • Eligibility: Rowing club must be a registered organizational member of USRowing, and have not previously won in 2016. Individuals may submit entries on behalf of an organization, so long as the organization is indicated in the post. Participants must also use #RowToRio in their social media posts, tag USRowing in the post, and have a public account (Twitter / Instagram). 

  • Scheduling: Hangouts will typically take place during the afternoon 3pm-5pm ET. Club’s must confirm their availability with USRowing. Scheduling is based on athlete availability and is subject to change. USRowing will work with coaches at winning clubs to schedule the session.

  • Topics: Clubs may request that athletes talk about a specific topic, e.g. 2k tips. Please prepare specific questions in advance of the hangout.

  • Technology: USRowing will utilize Google Hangouts to conduct Virtual Hangouts. Please ensure that you have tested your computer and internet connection where you will conduct the call prior to the hangout session.

For partnership and sponsorship opportunities, contact:
Beth Kohl
To form, join or support a team, email us:
Row to Rio Team

Booking Travel to Rio

My BucketList EventsBucket List Events (formerly Ludus Tours) provides complete travel, tour and hospitality packages to the world’s premiere sporting and cultural events, including the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. Based in Austin, Texas, with another office in Rio, BLE is the Official Hospitality and Accommodation provider for several U.S. National Governing Bodies including USRowing.

united To book travel for registered U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and National Governing Body (NGB) events, call the United Olympic Desk at 1-800-841-0460, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (CT), Monday through Friday.

Please note that each NGB has a unique United Tour Code, and you will either need to provide that code or the city and date of the event to the United representative when booking travel.

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