Each year, the leader board for the Virtual Team Challenge lights up with impressive meters rowed over thirty-one days. Some of these results seem unbelievable: how is it possible to row over two million meters in just one month? We reached out to a few rowers in the challenge who completed over one million meters to find out.
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People row ultra-distances for various reasons. Sometimes it’s a personal goal, just to see if they have what it takes, or their teammates goad them into it and they succumb to the pressure. Other times, it’s good training for rowing across the ocean, or it’s just because there is a record to be broken. Matthew Rockett, however, a 28-year-old from Sheffield, England, set an ultra-distance world record on February 12 (Individual Longest Continual Row in 64 hours), and successfully raised money for Sport Relief 2012 and the family of his late friend and ultra-distance rower Roberta Dikeman. Continue Reading ›