Rowing is an annual sport with periodized training and competition.
In the fall, rowers focus on a training phase to develop overall aerobic fitness and endurance as well as learning good rowing technique. Fall regattas(races) reflect this training phase with longer distance “Head” races,typically 5,000 m (5K or 3 miles) in length.
In the spring, training shifts to add the development of strength and anaerobic power. Spring regattas reflect this with shorter 2,000 m(2K or 1 mile) sprint races culminating in the Midwest Junior Championships to decide who will go to Nationals.
See our rowing FAQ page.
Fall - 5K endurance
The fall season runs from September through early November. Fall regattas are typically 5,000 meter head races, depending on the venue.
Training carries over from the summer season and focuses on endurance for the longer races.
The summer season runs June-August (7am-9am). Rowers will enjoy summer on the water at Alum Creek Lake along with fun outings to promote team-building and overall fitness.
ACRC's Learn-to-Row program introduces kids, ages 12-18, to the competitive sport of team rowing. New LTR sessions begin every Monday morning, 7am-9am, beginning in June. Learn more here.
Fun in the sun!
Summer with Arch City is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Besides rowing, Alum Creek also offers swimming, biking trails, horse back riding, and camping!
For those interested in rowing in college, this is a great opportunity to meet college coaches. Participation is optional.
Spring - 2K sprint
The spring season runs from March through May. Regattas are 2,000 meter side-by-side sprints, requiring strength and fitness.
Weather permitting, workouts are on the water. The season culminates at Midwest Junior Championships, typically held the third weekend in May. The top three boats in varsity races are invited to the US Rowing Youth National Championships in June.
Rowers will move indoors during the winter months to row on ergs (rowing machines) and develop other muscle groups through weight training and yoga.
Erging allows coaches to work one-on-one with rowers to improve technique and build endurance.
Yoga is held on Saturday mornings at our indoor facility. The class is held by a certified yoga instructor who helps athletes increase flexibility and reduce stress. Yoga is optional.