The Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints is an annual indoor rowing competition hosted by the Alexandria Crew Boosters (ACB) and provides the largest single source of support for the T.C. Williams High School rowing organization. True to the club’s charitable form, ACR volunteers turned out in force to help with registration, race administration, and event set up.
The Erg Sprints Café, which provides healthy food and refreshments to the racers and their fans, was organized by ACR’s Alexandra Braun, Mary Cato, and Irene Walsh. The food and supplies for the café were donated by the ACR membership. Café proceeds provide support to the club and help keep membership and program fees the lowest in the area. This year over $4,000 was raised. The surplus food was donated to New Hope Housing in Alexandria.
What a difference a year makes! Thirty-two ACR rowers participated in over 40 events to earn 26 medals with 13 gold — a personal (club) record and up from 24 participants and 18 medals last year. With that showing, ACR compiled 276 team points finishing a close second to Potomac Boat Club who earned 297 points to win the club team trophy in a field of 35 teams.
There were many highlights throughout the day. Novice rower Heather Batson in her first Erg Sprints event earned 4th place and turned in a PR in the 30-39 2K, as did Aaron Moburg-Jones, shaving 6-seconds off of his PR with a 6:34 and earning a bronze medal. Crossfit erger Liz Fields took gold in the 30-39 2K and vowed to transition her awesome pulling power to the water this year. ACR fielded two double-slide teams and one quad-slide team, all of whom took gold medals, demonstrating that we can row together (yes, even the men can do it from time to time). Long-distance rowers completed the challenging 42K marathon (James Caple (4th) and Cindy Way (gold)) and 21K Half-marathon events (Laura Hall (gold)). Four mixed relay teams (two women and two men) had an absolute blast competing to earn two golds and two silvers in the open and masters categories.
Now…back to the erg! The water is waiting…