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Row to Rio Challenge Heats Up as Games Approach

by Andrew Rainville, Andrew@usrowing.org | Jun 30, 2016
Often in rowing, challenges and goals can seem unlikely or even impossible to reach. This was how Laura Adams described the feeling when EngineRm decided to support the USRowing Row to Rio Challenge by rowing the entire distance to Rio on their own.

Often in rowing, challenges and goals can seem unlikely or even impossible to reach. This was how Laura Adams described the feeling when EngineRm decided to support the USRowing Row to Rio Challenge by rowing the entire distance to Rio on their own.

IMG_1725“When we first contemplated the challenge, rowing 7,738,000 meters was an overwhelming goal for a small group, and we doubted our ability to make it. With a dose of optimism, we built a team and the power of teamwork never ceases to amaze us,” said Adams, co-founder of EngineRm.

Based in New York City, EngineRm is an erging experience designed to emulate the feeling of being at a big regatta within the walls of an indoor club. Sessions are offered ranging from beginner to endurance, each between 30 and 75 minutes. Everyone is encouraged to join their team and start logging meters.

The group kicked off on June 2 with the help of 1996 British men's eight Olympian Graham Smith and 1998 U.S. Olympic men's four with coxswain Chris Huntington. By the end of the second week, 2,107,031 meters had been logged, approximately the distance to Cuba.

With more than five million meters to go, the rowers will need to complete around one million meters per week to arrive at Rio in time for the August 5 opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, a goal Adams views as attainable.

“We WILL see you in Rio with our passionate team of new rowers that have discovered our sport," she said. “The sport of rowing has given us so much -- great friends, great health and great life experience. EngineRm's mission is to share the benefits of rowing and give back to the sport and our community.”

With the help of EngineRm and numerous other individuals, teams and organizations from around the country, our Row to Rio Challenge has cleared 8,126,718 meters. Stay tuned to USRowing's Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates on the Row to Rio Challenge!

You can participate by posting a video or photo on Twitter or Instagram using #RowToRioChallenge. Click here for more information.

There will be opportunities to add more meters at several upcoming events including the Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa. from July 1-3 and USRowing Club National Championships in Bethel, Ohio from July 13-17.

“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.

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