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Port Rowing Donates $10k for Sandy Relief

The team rowed 1 million meters at its recent ergathon.

In raising money for its program, Port Rowing recently held its second annual ergathon, and gave a portion of its proceeds to victims of Superstorm Sandy.

On Dec. 7, the team broke into groups and rowed a combined distance of 1 million meters in 7 hours and 25 minutes. This is equivalent to rowing across New York and back again, or 630 miles.

The team started at 4:30 p.m. on a Friday afternoon at the indoor rowing center and in traditional Port Rowing fashion, encouraged and pushed each other on the rowing machines till just before midnight. Over the course of the evening, parents joined the adult team to help the kids, and there was a coach team as well. It was a complete team effort on every level. This year, the team put others’ needs before their own and donated $10,000 of the money they raised to Hurricane Sandy victims via Newsday’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.

Port Rowing is a local non-profit organization that promotes rowing to all youths in grades 7-12, adults, and adaptive rowers. The organization is based in Port Washington, but as an open club accepts members from any zip code. The club is currently beginning its winter training season, and spots are still open in all of the programs. If your children want to get fit, have fun, and learn to row, there is a program for them. If you are an adult looking for a low impact total body conditioning activity for the winter, there are classes for you. If you want your child to take part in our adaptive program and partner with a Port Rowing mentor, there is a program for you.

If you have any questions about Port Rowing please contact Coach Steve Panzik at steve@portrowing.com or go to www.portrowing.com.

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