At the end of November, Concept2 Founder Peter Dreissigacker and Customer Service Representative Kate Liston headed down to the USRowing Annual Conference in sunny Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Each year, USRowing hosts this conference at a different location for coaches and rowers to continue their rowing education, which includes coaching certifications, talks and presentations by leaders in the field. This year, the conference was held at the Boathouse District in downtown Oklahoma City, which is quickly becoming the largest rowing “hub” of the Midwest. With the recent development of the Boathouse District, including the Devon Boathouse, Chesapeake Boathouse, and finish line tower where guests can view close finishes from over four stories high, things in Oklahoma City are certainly bustling.
The expansion of the Oklahoma City Boathouse District over the next few years will include many activities for visitors, including a white water rafting "simulation" course, florescent lights on the highway bridge abutments, and a river-crossing zipline. As a "sneak peak" there was a mini zipline set up outside the Devon Boathouse. Pictured above is Kate Liston (Concept2) and Andrew Jago (Hudson Boatworks) flying down the zipline. It was scarier than it looks!
Along with a booth set up in the Devon boathouse, Concept2 held two erg classes each morning bright and early at 5:45 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., led by US Olympian Sarah Trowbridge. Sarah rowed in the double at the 2012 London Olympics and is now an assistant coach at Yale University. She was a wonderful inspiration to the coaches and athletes that were brave enough to bear the dark Oklahoma mornings and make it for the practices. Thanks to all the great people who organize the USRowing conference and thanks to Sarah for running our practices.