Saturday: “National Learn to Row Day is an opportunity for the greater DC community to come out and enjoy a revitalized Anacostia River”

Photo courtesy Capital Rowing Club

From a press release:

“In partnership with US Rowing and Concept2, the Capital Rowing Club will host the 14th annual National Learn to Row Day  on Saturday June 6, 2015.   National Learn to Row Day is an opportunity for the greater DC community to come out and enjoy a revitalized Anacostia River. The day’s events will take place at the Anacostia Community Boathouse (1900 M St., SE) from 12:00pm – 3:00pm in a fun, safe, pressure free environment.  The afternoon will include an introduction to the fundamentals of rowing where you will learn the basics of sweep rowing (a type of rowing when a rower has one oar, held with both hands).  People of all athletic abilities are welcomed to participate! Additionally, there will be information on hand about the wonderful programs offered by the Capital Rowing Club ranging from beginner programs for people of all ages to competitive racing for experienced rowers.

National Learn to Row Day was launched to increase visibility of the sport of rowing and create awareness of the health benefits.  Competitive and recreational rowers range in age from 12 to 90.  It is never too late to give rowing a try. To participate in National Learn to Row Day, follow the registration link (sign up here).  Capital Rowing Club is also recruiting volunteers to assist with National Learn to Row Day.  If you are interested in volunteering for the event contact [email protected].

Join Capital Rowing Club, the largest community rowing program in Washington, on June 6th for National Learn to Row Day! More information on Capital Rowing programs is available through the Club’s official website,

Event Details:

Saturday, June 6th12pm to 3pm ET

1900 M Street SE, Washington DC (click for directions)

Questions? Email [email protected].”

One Comment

  • I expect to see all of you there!

    I’ll be the tall guy with the graying beard and the Harry Potter glasses pretending he knows what he’s doing, starting at 2PM.

    I really encourage everyone to wander by, just to give it a shot. There’ll be some talking, some demonstration on land and a little bit of time with an oar in your hand in an unsinkable barge — we won’t put you in a shell, so you needn’t fear drowning. Should be over in about an hour. Rowing is great exercise, it comes with a built-in social life — or not, and there is something immensely satisfying about a good row and challenging race.

    If you’ve ever though about rowing, remember:
    1) There are four programs, each of which demands different degrees of intensity, experience and competitiveness. You don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn — before dawn, actually — like I do, you can do evenings or even weekends. The evening program. for example, has no actual attendance requirement and probably spends more time at happy hours than they do on the water — though they put out some fast boats.
    2) We have every conceivable body type and fitness level on the team. Everybody (who wants to) races, everyone has fun, everyone gets in a least a little better shape. Our youngest members are 21, the oldest guy is 77.
    3) If, god forbid, you get addicted, you could be competing at a really high level with a really good club by this time next year. The coach of the Competitive Program was on the Russian National team, is assistant (also his wife) has an Olympic silver medal. They know their stuff.
    It’s not for everyone, nothing is. But there’s something pretty cool about watching the sun rise (or set) on the Anacostia, hanging out with a lot of smart, fun people (very few are as obnoxious as I am), challenging yourself, and just feeling the zen of the tides, the wind and the herons.
    Every spring I pull myself out of bed and drag myself in the dark down to the docks. And it’s cold and probably wet, the river is in an unfriendly mood and my body’s forgotten a lot and everyone else’s has so nothing goes smoothly. But we shove away from the dock and we take our first few strokes and I every year I think to myself “God it’s great to be back on the river.”

    Give it a shot. It’s fun, free, and walking distance to Trustees.

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