1,000 kilometers, 64 hours of non-stop rowing, 17 athletes, and one world record shattered. Current and past Trent rowers gathered at the Peterborough Rowing Club May 24-27 to take on a challenge to break a world record. Mission accomplished!
The group of athletes rowed the 1,000 kilometers on an ergometer (an indoor rowing machine) in 64:09:59.9, beating the previous world record holders, a CrossFit gym in New Jersey by 19 hours, 57 minutes and 17 seconds.
“Originally we joked about breaking the world record, but then we got competitive and decided to work towards setting a record that other people would really have a hard time beating,” said James Dyer, a current Trent student and varsity rower who took part in the weekend event. “It was a great team building weekend, as well as an opportunity for our younger athletes to see how we do things here at Trent. The Trent University Rowing Club likes to take training to the next level, always working to keep Trent rowing on the map. This was another way to pass down that culture of excellence.”
The weekend event was organized by two current Trent student athletes, Matt Hagopian and Graham Peeters who after realizing the record was held by a CrossFit gym, decided to take on the challenge and bring the record back into the hands of rowers.