John Mark Seelig is captain of the USA Men's Rafting Team and 9-Ball Watermen, a group of passionate paddlers who expand their adventures beyond paddling on rivers. He is also the owner of GOAT Training in Edwards, Colorado, a strength and conditioning gym geared towards mountain athletes.
The USA Men's Rafting Team competes all over the world, paddling some of the best rivers with the International Rafting Federation. This group recently chased a Grand Canyon Speed Run attempt, looking to break the fastest time down the 277 miles of the Grand Canyon.
The team designed a unique boat consisting of six rowers on a cataraft frame and inflatable tubes. They nearly missed the record three years ago after their boat broke and the record became out of reach. They recently attempted the record again and succeeded with the fastest inflatable record (38 hours, 5 minutes). They used "nearly indestructible" oars from Concept2 and configured their boat to mimic their training on the indoor rower.
Concept2 recommends watching the award-winning film documenting the team's first speed attempt.
- When did you first hear the name Concept2 or try one of our products?
I believe my first time on a Concept2 Indoor Rower was in 2002. It was a workout that entailed 250 m in a CrossFit workout. Funny, at the time, 250 meters felt like an eternity.
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