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Grand Rapids to Host 2014 USRowing Masters National Championships

by Allison Frederick, allison@usrowing.org. Photo courtesy of Jeff Jachim. | Aug 15, 2013
Grand Rapids, Mich., has been selected as the site of the 2014 USRowing Masters National Championships, the organization announced on Thursday. The event, hosted by West Michigan Sports Commission and Grand Rapids Rowing Association, is scheduled for August 14-17, 2014.
Grand Rapids, Mich., has been selected as the site of the 2014 USRowing Masters National Championships, the organization announced on Thursday. The event, hosted by West Michigan Sports Commission and Grand Rapids Rowing Association, is scheduled for August 14-17, 2014.

“This win is a testament to the strength of West Michigan as a rowing destination,” said Mike Guswiler, president of the West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC), who submitted the winning bid along with the Grand Rapids Rowing Association. “We always knew we had a world-class rowing offering here between our natural resource of the Grand River, great venues like Riverside Park and exciting nearby attractions – and now the national rowing community will know it with USRowing selecting Grand Rapids as the host city for the 2014 Masters National Championships.”

The USRowing Masters Nationals Championships, first introduced in 1979, is open to competitors ages 21 and older and is one of USRowing’s largest domestic regattas. This year’s event, hosted by Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Sarasota and Manatee Counties and Benderson Development, features more than 1,000 entries in 199 events from 107 rowing clubs in the U.S. and Canada.

“USRowing is proud to bring a national championship event to Grand Rapids – and Michigan – for the first time,” said USRowing Event Manager A.J. Dominique. “The partnership between Grand Rapids Rowing Association and the West Michigan Sports Commission promises to deliver a great experience on and off the water for attendees. Grand Rapids is a hidden gem in West Michigan. The masters competitors will be pleasantly surprised by the variety and quality of things to do only a few miles from the venue.”

Rowing in Grand Rapids dates back to the 1890s, and the first boathouse for the city's rowing club, then called the Grand Rapids Boat and Canoe Club, was built in 1910. The club reorganized in the mid-1980s under its current name and opened a new boathouse in 2008.

“This event is a game-changer for our organization,” said Landon Bartley, president of Grand Rapids Rowing Association. “People may be surprised to learn that rowing is big in West Michigan, it is growing fast and it’s a great place to row. We have a naturally fantastic rowing venue with the Grand River. And this event just gets us even more exposure of our sport in the community and the region.”

Guswiler and Bartley are both attending the 2013 USRowing Masters National Championships in Sarasota this week to promote Grand Rapids as the 2014 venue.

About the West Michigan Sports Commission
The West Michigan Sports Commission, a non-profit 501 (c) (3), works to identify, secure and host a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events to positively impact the economy and quality of life in the region. Since its inception in 2007, the WMSC has booked nearly 300 sporting events and tournaments that attracted 315,000 athletes and visitors, generating more than $100 million in direct visitor spending. Visit www.westmisports.com for more information. For West Michigan Sports Commission: Kim Skeltis, kim@blueblazepr.com.

About the Grand Rapids Rowing Association
Rowing in Grand Rapids has a long and storied history, with records of rowing on the Grand River dating back to as early as the 1890s. The Grand Rapids Rowing Association (GRRA) was incorporated in 1986 to organize rowing in the areas and runs high school, corporate and adult recreational and competitive rowing programs, as well as the popular Learn to Row classes. It also hosts several rowing regattas each year. Visit www.grrowing.org for more information.

About USRowing
USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing’s official suppliers include Vespoli, WinTech, Filippi, Croker Oars, Rudy Project, Concept2, Nielsen Kellerman, and Ludus Tours. USRowing also receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners ANXeBusiness Corp, EMCVenues, Connect-A-Dock, JanSport, Rudy Project and Boathouse Sports. For more information, visit www.usrowing.org. The USRowing National Team program relies on strong partnerships to enable continued success. New opportunities exist to support the teams through the next quadrennial, culminating with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. America Rows, which supports diversity in rowing and the USRowing adaptive programs also benefit from corporate support. Free basic membership and championship level membership to USRowing is available and encouraged. For more information, please contact Beth Kohl at beth@usrowing.org.
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