The third annual Try Rowing Olympic Day will be held on Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Eastwood MetroPark Lake, 1401 Harshman Road.
“The excitement surrounding rowing in Dayton is growing, and we’re excited for the sport to gain more attention and interest from youth in different communities across Dayton,” said MetroParks Director of Outdoor Connections, Amy Dingle. “Thanks to the rise in interest, local clubs have been successful with athlete development and there have even been college scholarships awarded to local athletes.”
After a brief lesson about rowing, safety and boats used, participants will join experienced rowers and give the sport a try on the lake.
On-site registration is required for the rowing portion of the event. On land, participants also can practice rowing on ergometers and learn about the difference between a sweep boat and a sculling boat, who a coxswain is, and why Dayton was selected as home for the nation’s first Community Olympic Development Program (CODP) for rowing. Members of the Dayton Boat Club and Greater Dayton Rowing Association will help youth and adults, regardless of skill level, try rowing.
Also at Try Rowing Olympic Day, participants can watch head-to-head rowing competitions and demonstrations from the pros.
Participants can enjoy talking with local rowing organizations:
- 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Interact with rowing clubs and organizations and try rowing
- 12:30 to 1 p.m. — Rowing demonstrations
- 1 to 3 p.m. — Interact with rowing clubs and organizations and try rowing
For those who wish to grab a bite after a day of rowing, Smokin Bar-B-Que food truck will be serving up delicious lunch options.
The event marks the third time Five Rivers MetroParks has participated in the national Olympic Day. The mission of Olympic Day, which commemorates the birth of the modern Olympic Games in 1894, is to promote fitness, well-being, culture and education, along with the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.
Those who wish to row on the water must sign up for a time slot at the event and be a minimum of 10 years old and 54” tall. Spots are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants should bring socks and dress to get wet.
Eastwood MetroPark Lake will be open to the public during the event, but half the lake will be blocked off for rowing during this event.
ABOUT FIVE RIVERS METROPARKS
Celebrating more than 50 years of preserving green space and natural areas, Five Rivers MetroParks is a nationally renowned park system composed of natural area parks, gardens, high-quality river corridors, urban parks and a network of recreation trails. Five Rivers MetroParks protects the region’s natural heritage and provides outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. Educational programs and recreational opportunities are offered year-round for all ages. Five Rivers MetroParks is accredited by theCommission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies. To learn more about Five Rivers MetroParks, log onto www.metroparks.org or call 937-275-PARK (7275).
ABOUT DAYTON REGIONAL ROWING
Dayton Regional Rowing, the nation’s only Community Olympic Development Program for rowing, is a partnership between USRowing, Five Rivers MetroParks, the Dayton Boat Club and Greater Dayton Rowing Association. TheUnited States Olympic Committee-designated Dayton Regional Rowing provides athletes new opportunities and enhances the Dayton region’s outdoor recreation offerings. The mission of Dayton Regional Rowing is to provide lifelong personal development and active lifestyles for Miami Valley youth through the sport of rowing. Dayton Regional Rowing collaborates with the USOC and USRowing to offer a community-based rowing program that helps athletes develop their performance, thus enhancing the Olympic sports feeder system in Dayton.