ROW is gearing up for fall regattas and taking the lead in teaching Chicago communities what rowing is all about!
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ROW Sweeps Success at Chicago Sprints
Joined by their coaches and members of ICC, the ROW ladies show 
endurance and skill during the 33rd annual Chicago races


True to their nature, ROW athletes arrived at the annual Chicago Sprints Regatta with their game faces on, and it led to a weekend of blisters, sunburns and competition gold!

The Sprints were once again hosted at the Lincoln Park Lagoon the weekend of July 20 and 21. During each of their events, ROW teams were loudly cheered on by family, friends, coaches and fellow team members as they flew down the 1,000 meter race course.

ROW athletes participated in the following races: Women's Masters 8+, Women's Masters Lightweight 4+, and had two entries in the Women's Masters 4+. ICC volunteer, Rob Colgate, led our Lightweight 4+, who raced the Cindy, to a gold medal finish! And because ROW athletes always play well with others, a few of our rowers joined ICC rowers to compete in the Mixed 8+ race on Sunday with a second place finish.
With the Sprints behind them, the team is already looking forward to October's fall regattas, the Tail of the Fox on Oct. 6 and the Head of the Rock on Oct. 13.

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Learn to ROW August Event a Huge Success


Coach Sheena and ROW member Mary Larson observe and instruct participants on the water

Following June's hugely successful Learn to Row event, ROW athletes and coaching staff returned to Bubbly Creek on August 10 for round two. Once again, we hosted dozens of local participants, teaching them the mechanics of rowing, the process of rigging and derigging a shell, and then we gave them a chance to practice their new skills on the water. Click here to check out more photos from the event.

Coach Jenn spoke about the ROW program along with lymphadema experts regarding the importance of exercise and movement throughout recovery; the latest research on lymphadema and diet; and finished the morning with yoga led by a lymphadema certified instructor. 

ROW would like to thank Bridget Isaia once again for coordinating our participation in the One Dime at a Time program at Whole Foods Market. For two months, from April 1 through June 1, ROW received incentive-based donations from the Evanston South store, for a fundraiser total of $5,233!

Mark Your Calendars!

  • Autumn regattas are almost here! We hope to see you cheering from the banks during the Tail of the Fox on October 6 (DePere, WI) and the Head of the Rock on October 13 (Rockford, IL).
  • Save the Date! The sixth annual Let the Good Times ROW Fundraiser will be held November 9 at St. Ignatius College Prep—don't miss it!
Catch Race4ROW, ROW's charity race team, as they take on the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October. Along the way, they'll be raising funds and further awareness for ROW, but they need your help. Learn more about our dedicated athletes and help them reach every fundraising goal.
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Inaugural Boat Race Coming in October!

Recovery on Water (ROW) is teaming up with Northwestern University Crew and University of Illinois Crew to start what we hope will become a Chicago rowing tradition, Race4ROW: The Chicago Boat Race, a dual race benefiting Recovery on Water. All participating athletes will be fundraising through FirstGiving and on the morning of Saturday, October 26, will converge on the north branch of the Chicago River for the great race! 
Sue Ann Glaser is a founding member of ROW who, since 2008, has given endlessly of her time, not to mention her sweat and tears, to make ROW what it is today. That's why we could think of no better name for the latest sweep addition to our fleet—the SA Glaser, an 8, made its way to Chicago earlier this month and will be christened on Sept. 15!

We also named our two newest doubles: The Lawton, named for Mary Larson's mother, Mary Lawton, and Grand Lac, named for none other than Lake Michigan.
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