Two Treasure Coast Rowing Club Teams Are Heading To World-Class Competitions In October, And You Can Help Them Raise Money
The Treasure Coast Rowing Club is on its way to national competition as both the girls and boys junior teams head to world-class rowing events in Boston and Philadelphia.
On Oct. 18, the girls team—made up of middle and high school students—will participate in a Women’s Youth race at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Massachusetts. They were selected to attend from a lottery.
The boys team isn’t falling behind in the competition, however. The athletes were selected to participate in an out-of-state regatta this fall and will be traveling to Philadelphia in October.
To help raise funds for the clubs, the fifth annual Run to Row 5K and 10K event will be held at a boathouse located at 771 SW 28th St. in Palm City on Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. The run serves as a fundraiser for equipment and other team needs.
“The run is our biggest fundraiser,” girls coach Stefanie Falkner explained. “We accept donations and sponsors for the event. This is crucial to our ability to purchase and update our equipment. Every nine kids that join our team will need a boat to row in and an oar to row with.”
The upcoming Boston race, which is about 4,800 meters in distance, is on a course with six bridges. According to Falkner, her rowers trained for 10 sessions a week over the summer to prepare for the event. Nine girls have been selected to participate, plus one who will serve as an alternate.
The team will be using a Vespoli 8+ as its boat. There will be eight rowers alongside one coxswain, who is responsible for steering and motivating the boat’s crew.
“Completing the rigorous training program this summer, these girls are ready for a regatta of this caliber,” Falkner said. “Each girl greatly improved in their overall strength, technique and cardio endurance.”
Falkner added that the rowers' competitiveness made it difficult for her to choose the crew to race at the Head of the Charles, but she knows the team will be ready come October.
“We still have some time to train hard and prepare, but I am very confident that these girls will row their hearts out,” she said.
Photo courtesy Stefanie Falkner
Disclosure: Stuart Magazine is a sponsor of the Run to Row event.