Shocker Sprints The real shocker is not the pain you’ll experience over 2,000 meters—with any luck, you’re accustomed to that by now. It’s that the annual Wichita State-hosted indoor rowing competition is nearly upon us. Here’s hoping the spring season arrives just as quickly.
President’s Day Regatta There are worse places to spend President’s Day than aiming for race rate at Long Beach, California’s historic Marine Stadium. Hosted By Long Beach Junior Crew, the invitational juniors-only event features hard-fought contests in one of the true hotbeds of youth rowing in the United States.
C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints The CrossFit Games and the myriad other nascent sufferfests have nothing on Boston’s C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints. Held at Boston University’s Agganis Arena, the World Indoor Rowing Championships remains the gold standard for self-inflicted pain that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Opening Day Like the presidential primaries, there seems to be some jockeying for first-in-the-nation status among Opening Day regattas. The winner, at least for now, is Sebastian River High School Crew, whose Henley-style contest—open to open, masters, and youth competitors—beats Seattle’s iconic season opener to the punch.
Erg Rodeo Texas Crew hosts its annual Erg Rodeo at the University of Texas’ Gregory Gymnasium Arena. Open to junior, collegiate, open, masters, and adaptive athletes, the Longhorns’ indoor regatta will rope you into one last indoor contest. The machines might not buck, but you’ll be doing all you can to stay on them.
Pacific Novice Invitational San Francisco’s youth-focused Pacific Rowing Club hosts the annual Pacific Novice Invitational, where first-time rowers get to develop their race legs on the scenic Lake Merced. Open to eights and fours only (although we secretly pine for the novice single) the regatta will no doubt ignite the passions of countless juniors.
Sarasota Invitational The Sarasota Invitational Regatta launches the spring race season at Florida’s Nathan Benderson Park, the host venue for the 2017 world championships. Open to junior, scholastic, masters, and adaptive athletes, the two-day regatta attracts more than 1,500 athletes and spectators drawn to high-caliber racing on a world-class venue.
Faultline Face-off Invitational Oakland Strokes hosts the annual Faultline Face-off junior invitational on California’s San Pablo Reservoir. Featuring racing across all boat classes, the Faultline attracts some of the top youth programs in the nation for an early-season tune-up that also serves as a primer for championships to come.
North Allegheny Indoor Rowing Championship North Allegheny Rowing Association hosts its annual regional high school and youth indoor championships at Marshall Middle School in Wexford, Pennsylvania. Along with the regular slate of events for novice, lightweight, junior varsity, varsity, and adaptive athletes, the competition also features mixed 500-meter relay races.
124C Erg Sprints High Point Rowing Club’s annual 124C Erg Sprints takes its name not from some arcane tax form but from the address of Jamestown Indoor Rowing Studio in Jamestown, North Carolina—which makes getting lost on race day darn near impossible. The late-season indoor contest is open to junior, scholastic, collegiate, open, masters, and elite competitors.
Mercer Indoor Row for the Cure Those in search of inspiration to knock out one last 2k test will find plenty of it at the 2017 Mercer Indoor Row for the Cure. Hosted by Princeton National Rowing Association/Mercer and held at The Peddie School in Highstown, New Jersey, the indoor rowing breast cancer fundraiser is open to junior, collegiate, open, and masters competitors. For more information, contact Hilary Gehman at firstname.lastname@example.org.