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Record crowd at local rowing regatta

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Published on Tue, Apr 27, 2010 by JOURNAL STAFF

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The Lake Stevens Rowing Club held their fifth annual NW Sculling Regatta April 10 on the waters of Lake Stevens. Attendance has grown dramatically since the first regatta was held on the shores of Lake Stevens, starting with only a few small clubs attending LSRC regattas in 2004, but now reaching a record 17 clubs with 410 rowers, not including family and friends. LSRC run regattas have attracted record crowds with each spring regatta dating back to 2008.

Lake Stevens Rowing is quickly making Lake Stevens a mecca for rowing in the Northwest and a premier destination location for racing. LSRC offers the only buoyed 1500 and 2000 meter racecourses for both club and collegiate competitions in Puget Sound on a course overlooked by the Cascade Mountains.
This year’s NW Sculling Regatta brought teams spread across British Columbia, Canada through the greater Puget Sound area including Sammamish and Orcas, Whidbey, Bainbridge, and Vashon Islands. The result of this year’s attendance required a record 83 races being run in a single day, up over 15 percent from last year’s Sculling Regatta despite the economic downturn.

“The Sculling Regatta hosted by the Lake Stevens Rowing Club provides a
great opportunity for the city and businesses.  Over the last two years this
event has grown in clubs and spectators.  The economic impact for this
regatta is about $109,000,” states Tammy Dunn, Sports Marketing Manager of
the Snohomish County Sports Commission.

Despite the vastly increased competition, Lake Stevens Rowing Club was still able to take home 13 medals consisting of five Gold, five Silver, and three Bronze medals spread between the adult and youth teams, beginner and experienced rowers alike.

This reinforces the core belief of LSRC that by taking a balanced approach to rowing, excellence is not only obtained, but also sustained. By serving the community, success is achieved both on and off the race course.
“The medals and trophies are the frosting on the cake. My goal for Lake Stevens Rowing is not to just build successful rowers, but to meet every member’s needs whether it is competition, exercise, socialization, or recreation. Our hope is that through the sport of rowing we build strong community leaders and contributors,” says Bob Cummins, LSRC founder.

If interested in learning more about rowing, you can call 1-888-ROW-LSRC or go to www.lakestevensrowing.com.

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