West Windsor, NJ – The Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA) is teaming up with the Row for the Cure and the Peddie School to host the nation's only indoor Row for the Cure. Athletes race each other on Concept 2 indoor rowing machines with all of the proceeds from the event benefiting breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Central and South New Jersey. Racing begins at 9:00am on Sunday, February 26, at Peddie's Ian H. Graham '50 Fieldhouse.
The Row for the Cure was created by Kathy Frederick in 1993 in Portland, Oregon, after she unexpectedly lost a close friend to cancer. "I saw the Race for the Cure on TV, and I wanted to contribute, but I'm not a runner," said Frederick. "Since my sisters and I have put on events since we were children, fighting breast cancer by founding Row for the Cure® seemed natural."
The Mercer Row for the Cure takes the event off of the water and into the gym on indoor rowing machines. PNRA Events Manager Hilary Gehman describes how the event got up and running. "I ran into Kathy at the USRowing Convention and we started talking about opportunities for a Row for the Cure event at Mercer. The regatta schedule on the lake is pretty packed so I asked about having an indoor event. She was very encouraging and has given me tremendous support to get this off the ground. I'm excited to make the Mercer Indoor Row for the Cure an annual event!"
The Mercer Indoor Row for the Cure will include categories for Junior, Collegiate, Open, Masters, Novice and coxswains as well as a team relay. All races will be 2,000 meters except the Coxswains and Junior Novices who will race 1,000 meters.
Athletes interested in competing in the Mercer Indoor Row for the Cure can register on RegattaCentral at https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/?job_id=5023.
About the Princeton National Rowing Association
The Princeton National Rowing Association, a 501(c)3 organization, operates the Finn M.W. Caspersen Rowing Center located on the shores of Mercer Lake, Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey. The Princeton National Rowing Association is dedicated to operating a world-class training site for our nation's elite athletes, providing opportunities for area youth to excel in the sport of rowing and to expand rowing in the area through community-based programs. PNRA runs the Mercer Junior Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for youth from over 30 area schools and the Mercer Masters Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for adults. The center is a home to the USRowing National and Olympic Teams, as well as rowing clubs and schools. PNRA received generous support from Killarney's Publick House, JLRacing, Bai, Holiday Inn and Residence Inn by Marriott.
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