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December Race Calendar

Dec 5-8 USRowing Annual Convention

The last time Philadelphia played host to the USRowing annual convention, in 2015, the event saw record-breaking attendance. You can expect similar turnout out this year, with the convention’s comprehensive coaching programming, special offerings for referees, and a “Best Coxswain Track Ever” providing attendees with plenty of new learnings. www.usrowing.org

Dec 7 Oxygen Optional Tournament

Kansas State Rowing Association plays host to the second annual Oxygen Optional Tournament. Held at the Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex, the event features 500-meter side-by-side erg races with competitors seeded according to submitted 2k erg scores. 

Dec 7 Mizuno British Indoor Rowing Championships

This year’s British indoors features 160 Concept2 machines “lined up and ready for action, with the motivating backdrop of bright lights, big beats, and a roaring crowd,” say organizers. Maybe they’re on to something. Last year’s event attracted more than 1,800 racers across all ages and abilities. www.britishrowing.org

Dec 8 LBRA Christmas Regatta

After going long for most of the fall, the annual Long Beach Rowing Association Christmas Regatta mixes things up with a dramatic reduction in distance. The USRowing-registered on-water contest sees rowers of all ages and ability testing their speed over 850-meter sprint races. www.longbeachrowing.org

Dec 8 Upper Potomac Erg Sprints

It seems a little early to be thinking about laying down a 2k on the erg, and that’s exactly the point. At the second annual Upper Potomac Erg Sprints, racers can establish their baseline 2,000-meter time that will help them when the indoor competitive season arrives in earnest in the new year. Rock Ridge Rowing in Alexandria, Va., hosts the event, which takes place at Rock Ridge High School. president.rrcrew@gmail.com

Dec 14 PRC Annual Winter Triathlon

San Francisco’s Pacific Rowing Club hosts its annual triathlon, which features a 12k erg followed by a full lake run, and then a run up 12 flights of stairs. For their effort, participants are awarded with a post-workout waffle breakfast. Entries are capped at 150, so sign up early to save your spot. c.wawrzonek@pacificrowingclub.org

Jan 18 Spring Sprints #1

Plant High Rowing Association hosts its first Spring Sprints of the 2020 competitive season. Held on the Bypass Canal in Tampa, Fla., the annual event marks the return of sprint racing with with events available across all classes of boats. www.planthighrowing.com

Jan 11 European Indoor Rowing Championships

The European Indoor Rowing Championships head to the Czech Republic in 2020, where some of the world’s fastest over 2,000 meters will do battle at Královka Hall, a world-class basketball facility. The event also does double duty as the Czech Rowing Indoor National Championships. www.worldrowing.com

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