With its many boathouses and beautiful waterways, Seattle has a very active and internationally renowned rowing community. Most of the rowing action, however, usually happens in the early mornings when most Seattleites are still at home and on their first cup of coffee.
If you have ever wanted to watch rowing and support a great cause, then you should go check out Seattle’s Row for the Cure on Sunday, September 16. Row for the Cure is a 5.5-kilometer race for rowing shells, kayaks, and outrigger and tribal canoes and a 500-meter race for dragon boats. There will be many vantage points to watch all the different types of boats over the complete course. The event starts in the Lake Washington Ship Canal near the Seattle Pacific University boat dock, and goes around South Lake Union to the finish line at Wards Cove houseboat dock in Northeast Lake Union at 2821 Fairview Avenue East.
Each rower is encouraged to raise a minimum donation of $150, which is the cost of a screening mammogram. In 2011, participants raised $83,500 and this year’s goal is to raise $100,000 (approximately 650 mammograms). Seattle’s Row for the Cure has raised over $600,000 since 2000.
Rowing is all about a boat working and pulling together as a team to propel forward.
“We are delighted to endorse Seattle’s Row for the Cure, an event that raises important funds for breast health in our community. Keep up the good work,” says Christine Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, a longtime grantee of funds raised by Seattle’s Row for the Cure.
“Recent government cutbacks and a drop-off in the Komen Race for the Cure donations make fundraising events like Row for the Cure critical to meeting the needs of low income and under-served women. This is why we appreciate Planned Parenthood’s endorsement of Row for the Cure. With everyone pulling together, we can make a real difference,” says Cheryl Shaw, executive director of Komen Puget Sound.
If you would like to learn how to row, many local boathouses offer Learn to Row programs. I get up and row in the mornings at Lake Union Crew and love the calm of being on the water, the team camaraderie and the benefits of a great workout.
WHEN: Sunday, September 16, 2012 from 7-9:30 a.m.
Lake Union, hosted by Pocock Rowing Center,
3320 Fuhrman Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98102