In the Fall, the team attends head races such as the Head of the Cuyahoga at CRF and Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, TN. These courses are typically 5,000m to 6,000m long and are a great way for novice crews to find their flow over an extended course. The actual time spent racing is usually under 25 minutes.
In the Spring, races are 2,000m sprints. Success in these races are a direct result of effort and hours put in during the Winter season. We like to think of it as winning medals in the winter, collecting them in the spring.
Fall Head Races
Fall and Spring Practices
Practices are normally held at the Cleveland Rowing Foundation (CRF), 1003 British St, just off the Ohio City RTA stop. We row on the Cuyahoga River and share our space with other local crews and the occasional freighter from Lake Erie.
Beginning close to the start of November, we switch from outdoor to indoor training. Morning practices are hosted primarily at the CRF erg room so we can all train together. Winter training will also include PM workouts that include elements of lifting, cardio, and swimming that are carried out independently or in winter training groups.
This year during spring break we will be travelling to Oak Ridge Rowing Association in Tennessee for our first week of training back on the water. Practices are twice daily, with occasional impromptu scrimmages against other teams training at the same location. This is a mandatory training week that produces some of the best improvements of the year, both individually and as a team.
Check out our Spring Break 2023 Photo Gallery, shot by senior member of the team Henry Vorosmarti:
The team in Oak Ridge, TN during Spring Break 2023
CWRU Crew is a club sport and we receive minimal funding from the university. Each member is asked to pay dues to support the outstanding costs not covered by the university. These dues go towards everything from our space at the boathouse to regatta entry fees. Thanks to our generous alumni association, many of the major expenses such as equipment purchases are covered through donors.
Semester Club Dues :
*All dues are subject to change and our treasurer is always available to have a confidential discussion about payment plans and need-based scholarship options. If the cost of our membership is the reason you cannot join our club, we are committed to working with you to alleviate the financial burden. We will do everything we can to make CWRU Crew accessible to everyone who wants to row on our team.
One of the team's boats travels to campus for Sports-a-Palooza to meet interested students.