Sometimes a young athlete doesn’t know what they are getting into until it’s too late.
For a handful of Burnt Hills Rowing Association crew members, Saturday was one of those times. The club’s 23rd annual marathon row, which is precisely what it sounds like is a long day of rowing. For the event’s first time participants, it was all new.
“I didn’t think it was going to be that bad, and it was that bad,” said freshman Annaliese Blowers, who participated her first marathon row Saturday. “’It’s just like a marathon.’ OK, yeah. As if I have any concept of how far that is.”
On a regular day, team members might log six or seven miles in their shell. On Saturday, the varsity crew team rowed 26.2 miles, starting at Schoharie Creek and paddling to the club’s boathouse in Alplaus.
“It’s a long day,” said Sarah Stomieroski, the varsity coach. “This is definitely our biggest row: it’s good team-building, a good workout and hopefully they raise a lot of money.”
The event’s first timers had a sense of what they were getting into when they met up at the team’s boathouse at 6 a.m. Saturday. But they didn’t actually know what it meant to row more than 26 miles in a single day. By 4 p.m., as they milled around the boathouse before diving into a potluck dinner, they knew.
“They had explained it, but I don’t think anyone comprehended how hard it actually was until we were actually in the boat,” said sophomore Gabby Puglisi, another first-time participant in the event.
Twenty-five varsity rowers made the full trip as the team brought a trio of boats down the Mohawk River….
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