Breast Cancer Awareness Month to Kickoff with a fun Regatta Following the 2017 World Rowing Championships

Breast Cancer Awareness Month to Kickoff with a fun Regatta Following the 2017 World Rowing Championships

On October 1, the final day of competition at the 2017 World Rowing Championships, Breast Cancer Awareness Month will be celebrated with a Row for the Cure event at Nathan Benderson Park.

With the support of USRowing, Row for the Cure is the rowing and water-sports community’s crusade against breast cancer, raising $2.2 million to benefit Susan G. Komen, the largest breast cancer organization in the United States.

“About 12% of women living in the United States will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives” said Meredith Scerba, the executive director of the 2017 World Rowing Championships. “These are incredible individuals with incredible stories, and this is a wonderful opportunity for us to assist in the fight against the terrible disease.”  On the afternoon of October 1, residents and visitors are invited to climb aboard kayaks, dragon boats, and 8-person rowing shells at Nathan Benderson Park. All money generated from sales will be donated to the Florida Suncoast Chapter of Susan G. Komen.

“This is a chance of a lifetime for us to be a part of the 2017 World Rowing Championships,” said Kathy Frederick, the founder of Row for the Cure. “Many of those who participate in Row for the Cure are breast cancer survivors. They are going to be thrilled to share the water with their supporters.”

September 23 – October 1, 2017 2017 World Rowing Championships “we welcome the world”

Entry fees are: • $70 for an individual • $1,000 for an 8-person rowing shell • $1,300 for a Dragon Boat Team (20 people)

Those who participate will receive:  • All boating equipment • A commemorative T-shirt • A 2-day Championship Weekend ticket to the 2017 World Rowing Championships • A Row for the Cure participation medal

To participate, no experience is necessary. Registration ends on September 8. For more information and to register, please visit:

ABOUT THE 2017 WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS From September 23 – October 1, 2017,the World Rowing Championships, an international rowing regatta organized by FISA (the International Rowing Federation), will be held at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, the only Grade A course in the United States and “where world-class athletes come to compete.” In the 48 years of the event’s existence, the United States has hosted only one other World Championships, in 1994 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  
This weeklong event is held at the end of the northern hemisphere summer. In non-Olympic years, it is the highlight of the international rowing calendar. Rowing takes place in 21 different boat classes for both men and women.

Our goal is to attract athletes, family, friends and fans from around the United States and the world, to attend this world-class event, and grow the following of rowing in the US.

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photo from Max Winitz

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