Rowing for strength and dollarsBY CHUCK TUCK | JOURNAL REPORTER Lake Stevens Rowing Club rowed for 24 hours straight. Nothing could keep the Lake Stevens Rowing Club from accomplishing their 24 hour Row-a-Thon mission last weekend; not rain, wind, or the cold.
Lucky for them, the weather cooperated for most of the 24 hour period which started at 6 p.m. Friday.
With the first of many oars that cut through the calm waters the mood was a peaceful send-off just before the sun was setting over the lake.
“There’s nothing like hearing the sound of a boat as it goes through the water,” 1st Vice President Jon Brady said,
The rowing club’s goal this year was to make $15,000, from local sponsors which would help them purchase a new quad boat for the club.
The final leg of the 24 hour Row-a-Thon was completed by junior rowers Caleb Schwartzmiller and Grady McGuire.
Both said that it was a long 24 hours, but worth the fun.
“I rowed straight from 3 a.m. to 5:30 a.m., that was a very long time,” Schwartzmiller said.
“24 hours takes a long time, and it seems a lot longer when you don’t sleep and you’re rowing; you get hungry and tired very fast,” McGuire added.
Committee co-chair Ann Robinson said the kids were really great.
“We had a core group that stayed for the whole time, but always the evening is the highlight of the crew season for them. They just hang-out in the boat shed, and stay-out by the water,” Robinson said.