Five Division-I collegiate rowing teams will participate in this year’s 9th Annual Rumson Boat Race Collegiate Rowing Regatta, presented by Morgan Stanley, on the Navesink River in Monmouth County New Jersey, Saturday, September 22. United States Military Academy- West Point, Drexel University, Rutgers University, the United States Coast Guard Academy, and Villanova University men’s and women’s varsity crews will compete for the Governor’s and Mayor’s Cups.
The popularity of rowing on the Navesink River is becoming increasingly popular. With the return of Rutgers after a one-year hiatus, and the addition of the Coast Guard Academy, this year crews will race five across in the approximately 1 ½ mile sprint. Rutgers Head Coach Steve Wagner said, “This is a great, fun event early in the season and our kids look forward to it.” He added, “It challenges them to come back in shape and allows them to compete against teams not on our normal schedule.”
The Rumson Boat Race will begin at 8 am, with the collegiate crews launching eight-oared shells from Rumson’s Victory Park at 7:30 am. Crews will warm up on the Fair Haven, South side, and race the 2500 meter course on the Middletown, North side, of the Navesink River. In the grand tradition of the Henley Royal Regatta, over 100 athletes and coaches will enjoy the hospitality of local families on the evening of Friday, September 21st, following the Coaches Reception in Rumson, NJ, and the Athletes Reception at Bingham Hall in Rumson, NJ. "The Borough of Rumson is very excited to welcome the competitors to the 9th annual Rumson Boat Race Collegiate Rowing Regatta. Rumson's own Victory Park is the perfect location to watch the race on the picturesque Navesink River," said Rumson's Mayor Joseph K. Hemphill.
RFH Rowing athletes and the community benefit tremendously from this collegiate regatta being held close to home. “Some of America’s finest educational institutions and their exceptional Crews will challenge each other for the Governor’s Cup, and the Mayor’s Cup for collegiate men's and women's crews,” said RFH Rowing Head Coach Dan Edwards. Scholastic rowing events in Boston, Philadelphia, and other rowing towns frequently are held. “This is the only time most get the opportunity to see big-time collegiate athletes and coaches race and its great exposure for our athletes,” he added. A number of former RFH rowers have gone on to study and row for these universities. In 2017, former RFH athlete Kate Edwards won gold at the Rumson Boat Race as a member of the Drexel University Crew.
Boat race spectators will also enjoy family activities at Rumson’s Victory Park featuring a Duck Race. Weather permitting; the race will be live streamed to watch the crew’s compete as they race along the Navesink River.
In addition to Morgan Stanley, RFH Rowing thanks sponsors IMA, Stiffel, Jersey Devil Sport Fishing, and World Subaru. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available. Please reach out to Robyn Etzler at email@example.com for further information. The Rumson Boat Race, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, supports the RFH rowing team and promotes the culture of rowing in the Rumson-Fair Haven communities.
Would you like to help prepare for the race? Sponsor an Oar The sponsored oars will feature your name or your business name and be hung in Fair Haven during for two weeks leading up to the boat race. Please reach out with any questions to FriendsOfRFHRowing@gmail.com
For Immediate Release
January 30, 2018
Rumson, NJ — RFH Rowing will be hosting its 2nd annual Erg Challenge on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Rumson-Fair Haven High School (RFH High School) on Ridge Road in Rumson, NJ. All are welcome and doors open at 7 am. Sponsored in part by Morgan Stanley, the Erg Challenge, an indoor rowing competition, features individual and team categorizes for all ages including middle school and high school students, adults 18-39 and masters 40+. This year, RFH Rowing is excited to welcome other athletic teams from RFH High School and other schools and clubs to compete. RFH Rowing Head-Coach Dan Edwards says, “We are very excited as we anticipate another successful indoor rowing challenge.”
All proceeds will go to The Rumson Boat Race, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, that supports the RFH Rowing team and promotes the culture of rowing in the Rumson-Fair Haven communities. The proceeds from the event will be utilized to purchase new boats and equipment for the team. “Last year, over 100 athletes and supporters cheered on by almost 200 spectators raised over $10,000 for our scholastic athletes,” Coach Edwards says.
Atlantic Indoor Rowing and Fitness in Atlantic Highlands will be offering training sessions for those interested in participating in our Erg Challenge, but do not have prior experience on an erg. A portion of the training session fees will go to the RFH Rowing Team. More information can be found on the Erg Challenge page of www.rfhrowing.org.
RFH Rowing Coach Andrew Hudson says, “Last year’s Erg Challenge was awesome! It was a really exciting environment for everyone. We look forward to getting even more athletes and members from the community involved and participating this year.” To sign up, visit www.rfhrowing.org. Heats will be posted to the website five days before the event.
RFH Rowing just completed is most successful season since the inception of the program in 2007 including the 2017 Women's 4+ Varsity New Jersey State Championship and the 2017 SRAA National Regatta Women's Varsity 4+ Petite Final Champions. The 2017 spring regatta season, featuring sculling and sweeping crews at regional, state and national regattas, produced 11 gold medals, two silver and six bronze medals. Since 2012, the RFH Rowing Team has had 35 athletes recruited to Division I and Division II rowing programs. Alumni from 2016 and 2017 recruiting classes have included: University of Pennsylvania, University of Notre Dame, Bucknell University, Rutgers University, Miami University, LaSalle University, and Loyola University.
An indoor rowing machine (erg) is used to simulate the action of watercraft rowing for the purpose of exercise or training for rowing. The indoor rower is calibrated to measure the amount of energy the rower is using through their use of the equipment. This Erg Challenge will feature a large spectator area, with seating, and projection screens for supporters to cheer their participants on, as well as concessions for post competition nourishment.
Tremendous support for the Erg Challenge comes from Morgan Stanley, Peninsula Advanced Dentistry, World Subaru, IMA, Orthocenter-Orthopaedic for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, Jersey Devil Sport Fishing, Jersey Mike’s Subs of Red Bank and Wegmans of Ocean, New Jersey. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available. Please reach out to President@rfhrowing.com for further information.