Rowing: The Other "Multisport"

Apr 05, 2011

The Multisport World Conference and Expo helps athletes prepare for competition by providing them with information on training, nutrition and racing from top coaches and athletes. “Multisport” refers to combined events such as duathlons and triathlons, but many athletes at the conference also participate in marathons, ultra-marathons, cycling, skiing, paddling, adventure racing, and…you guessed it, rowing.

Wheelworks Multisport President, Sunny, taking some strokes.

Concept2 CTS’s attendance at the expos was specifically to teach athletes how to use indoor rowing for cross-training and fitness. Along the way, we also crossed paths with plenty of rowers who race triathlons and triathletes who row. It was wonderful to meet rowers (current and former) from University at Albany-SUNY, University of British Columbia, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, University of New Hampshire, New York Athletic Club, University of Rhode Island, Villanova…and many more!

The three-city tour in March took Concept2 CTS to New York City, Boston, and Washington, DC. Along the way, we visited local boathouses to see how crews were preparing for spring racing. Row New York empowers young people from under-resourced communities to pursue excellence through rowing and academic success. Unpredictable spring weather kept them indoors for our visit, but the girls’ powered through a 3 x 4K workout on the erg! In DC, we were impressed by the new Anacostia Community Boathouse. Nine separate organizations row out of this boathouse between 11th and O streets in Southeast Washington, DC. The variety and depth of these programs are what builds rowing communities and provides opportunities for rowing to grow.

Many thanks to the friends of Concept2 CTS who helped us out during our travels: George Cuddy, Jason Gootman, Angela Hart, Amanda Kraus, Meredith Miller, Sunny Schettler, Mark Walter, Dave Walton and Wheelworks Multisport. We’re always excited to see familiar faces when we’re out on the road!

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