Mile High Rowing Club offers year-round programs for new and returning rowers and coxswains.
Click on one of the programs below to learn more!
Winter Indoor Season starts on Monday, November 22nd.
November 22, 2021 to February 15, 2022 (Winter Season Dates)
We race in a Virtual Race in February and if possible at the Denver Indoor Rowing Championships first week in February. Details are still being worked on. The Denver Indoor is a Mile High Rowing Club hosted event.
WINTER BREAK PRACTICE TIMES IN EFFECT FROM DECEMBER 20 TO JANUARY 3.
ERG workout is from 7:30-8:30 am
No Erg on Christmas Day or New Year's Day.
Registration is open on Regatta Central under Programs, Mile High Rowing Club www.regattacentral.com
Group 1, M,T,W 4-5 pm at the Marina
Group 2, T, W, Th 5-6 pm at the Marina
Group 3, T, W, TH 6-7 pm at the Marina
Group 4, M, W, F 5:45 -6:45 am, you must have access to your own erg for this session.
Fee for the Winter Season is $425 and registration is now open and closes on November 20th.
Note that Priority for the Spring Season will be given to those who are either doing a school sport such as swimming, wrestling or participating in our Indoor Program. Everyone will need to complete a 2k to be considered for the Spring Team.
Mile High will be hosting the 2022 Denver Indoor Rowing Championships (DIRC), Those registered in the Winter Program will be entered in DIRC races by the coaching staff.
|Updated February 27, 2021|
|Denver Indoor Rowing Records||Year||Rower||Club||Time/Distance|
|*S/L means Sea Level|
|Leg/Trunk/Arms Women 1k (Over 40)||2017||Katja Stokely||Longmont Sculling||04:19.1|
|Arms/Shoulders 1k||2016||Anna Arnada||Unaffiliated||09:09.0|
|Wounded Veterans, Men 1k (Under 40)||2016||Drake Stewart||Unaffiliated||03:58.1|
|Wounded Veterans, Men 1k (40-59)||2016||Mike Dietz||Unaffiliated||03:55.7|
|Wounded Veterans, Men 1k (over 60)||2016||John Schmit||Army Vet||04:18.4|
|Wounded Veterans, Women 1k (Under 40)||2016||Michelle Sadler||Unaffiliated||04:32.0|
|Leg/Trunk/Arms Women 1k (Under 40)||2018||Amy Chen||CU||04:32.0|
|20 Minute Novice Race U19|
|Junior Mens Novice 20min 13-15||2015||Greg Cain||CACMJ||5,199|
|Junior Mens Novice 20min 16-18||2014||Daniel Brock||Mile High||4,976|
|Junior Wmns Novice 20min 13-15||2013||Anna Fritschen||CACMJ||4,441|
|Junior Wmns Novice 20min 16-18||2015||Katarina Mislinski||CJC||4,531|
|Marathon Row Men||2012||Steve Dean||Unaffiliated||3 hrs 3:41.1|
|Marathon Row Women||2021||Rachel Marbaker||BCR||3 hrs 29:05.9|
|Marathon Row Wmn (S/L)||2021||Nancy Cook||L2R||2 hrs 59:52|
|1/2 Marathon Row Men||2015||Matt Hammel||Death Row||1 hr 21:33|
|1/2 Marathon Row Men (S/L)||2021||Kelly Sparks||Unaff||1 hr 19:59|
|1/2 Marathon Row Women||2021||Katie Walker||BCR||1 hr 27:42.6|
|1/2 Marathon Row Women (S/L)||2021||Nancy Cook||L2R||1 hr 26:46.7|
|Hour Row Men (19-49)||2020||Sean Criston||Unaffiliated||16,093|
|Hour Row Men (19- 49) S/L||2021||Kelly Sparks||Unaffiliated||16, 012|
|Hour Row Wmn (19-49)||2021||Katie Walker||BCR||14,547|
|Hour Row Men (50+)||2020||Doug Gauger||Unaffiliated||15,022|
|Hour Row Wmn (50+)||2017||Grace Malacrida||Mile High||13,915|
|Hour Row Wmn (50+) S/L||2021||Nancy Cook||L2R||14,641|
|30 Min Row Men (14-18)||2014||Mac Grant||Mile High||7,798|
|30 Min Row Men (19-29)||2018||Joseph Costello||RMRC||8,351|
|30 Min Row Men (30-39)||2017||Joseph Costello||RMRC||8,537|
|30 Min Row Men (30-39) S/L||2021||Andy Perez||MRC||7,653|
|30 Min Row Men (40-49)||2015||Simon Lessing||BCR||8,378|
|30 Min Row Men (40-49) S/L||2021||Kelly Sparks||Unaffiliated||8,161|
|30 Min Row Men (50-59)||2012||Mike Gasper||RMRC||8,217|
|30 Min Row Men (50-59) S/L||2021||Jonathan Dorn||Rock Creek||7,418|
|30 Min Row Men (60-69)||2021||Jim Hickman||BCR||8,086|
|30 Min Row Men (60-69) S/L||2021||Bill Van Sickle||Wichita||7,742|
|30 Min Row Men (70-79)||2019||Peter Francis||RMRC||6,738|
|30 Min Row Men (70-79) S/L||2021||Joe Bracewell||Rock Creek||6,825|
|30 Min Row Men (80-89)||2021||Marshall Marriott||Unaffiliated||6,403|
|30 Min Row Wmn (14-18)||2012||Alana Bobka||Mile High||7,344|
|30 Min Row Wmn (14-18) S/L||2021||Shannon Herrity||Bishop O'Connell||5,717|
|30 Min Row Wmn (19-39)||2015||Maddie Lips||Mile High||7,523|
|30 Min Row Wmn (40-49)||2018||Renee Cunningham||Unaffiliated||7,427|
|30 Min Row Wmn (50-59)||2017||Lynn Bouck||Green Door||7,279|
|30 Min Row Wmn (50-59) S/L||2021||Nancy Cook||L2R||7,653|
|30 Min Row Wmn (60-69)||2021||Mitzi Nicoletti||Avalon||6,700|
|30 Min Row Wmn (60-69) S/L||2021||Barbara Heck||Rock Creek||6,345|
|30 Min Row Wmn (70-79)||2021||Cat Curtis||Ft Collins||5,768|
|30 Min Row Wmn (80+)||2021||Joanne Marriott||Unaffiliated||5,590|
|2000m Men’s Collegiate/Open (18-29)||2015||Richard Hansen||Unaffiliated||06:30.0|
|2000m Novice Men’s Collegiate/Open (18-29)||2017||Nate Goddard||CSU||06:36.7|
|2000m Men’s Collegiate/Open Lwt (18-29)||2019||Campbell Lang||CU||06:53.2|
|2000m Novice Men’s Collegiate/Open Lwt (18-29)||2020||Nainoa Umbhau||CU||06:47.3|
|2000m Wmn’s Collegiate/Open (18-29)||2014||Sarah Foote||Red Rocks||07:26.0|
|2000m Novice Wmn’s Collegiate/Open (18-29)||2019||Lauren Orr||CU||07:19.2|
|2000m Wmn’s Collegiate/Open Lwt (18-29)||2013||Lauren Woodman||Unaffiliated||07:48.6|
|2000m Novice Wmn’s Collegiate/Open Lwt (18-29)||2020||Taylor Mulqueeeny||CU||08:23.5|
|2000m Men’s Jr 13-15||2013||Matt Fritschen||Mile High||06:40.3|
|2000m Men’s Jr 13-15 S/L||2021||Matt Califano||CHS||07:31.9|
|2000m Men’s Jr Lwt 13-15 (2012-2015)||2012||Keenan Carpender||Mile High||07:13.8|
|2000m Men’s Jr Lwt 13-15 (150 under)||2019||Quinn Cormier||CJC||07:07.0|
|2000m Men's Jr Lwt 13-15 (150 under) S/L||2021||Matt Califano||CHS||07:31.9|
|2000m Men’s Jr 16-19||2021||Will Mead||Mile High||06:40.3|
|2000m Men's Jr Lwt 16-19 (150 under)||2021||Ryan Kane||Mile High||06:49.4|
|2000m Men's Jr Lwt 16-19 (150 under) S/L||2021||Ryan Boniface||Bishop O'Connell||08:30.9|
|2000m Men’s Junior Lwt 16-19 (2012-2015)||2013||Robert Long||Mile High||06:45.3|
|2000m Men's Junior Coxswain (Must be in Colorado)||2021||Alex Song||Mile High||08:37.3|
|2000m Wmn’s Jr 13-15||2021||Kelly Roach||Mile High||07:47.3|
|2000m Wmn’s Jr 13-15 S/L||2021||S. Rosenthal||Unaffiliated||08:04.2|
|2000m Wmn’s Jr Lwt 13-15||2020||Lillian Sturhahn||Mile High||08:14.7|
|2000m Wmn’s Jr Lwt 13-15 S/L||2021||T. Boehm||Wings of Fire||11:44.8|
|2000m Wmn’s Jr 16-19||2012||Kendall Chase||Mile High||07:12.6|
|2000m Wmn’s Jr 16-19 S/L||2021||Sophia Savage||Bishop O'Connell||08:14.7|
|2000m Wmn’s Jr Lwt 16-19||2012||Rose Filer||Flatirons||07:43.7|
|2000m Wmn’s Jr Lwt 16-19 S/L||2021||Stella Smith||Bishop O'Connell||07:58.0|
|2000m Mens Hwt/Lwt (90+)||2017||Dean Smith||RMRC||09:50.1|
|2000m Men’s Hwt/Lwt (75-89)||2015||Bill Moyle||CACM||8:43:05|
|2000m Men’s Lwt (75-89)||2013||Dean Smith||RMRC||08:53.6|
|2000m Men’s Hwt (70-74)||2019||David Beale||Unaffiliated||7:37|
|2000m Men’s Lwt (70-74)||2019||Peter Francis||RMRC||08:09.6|
|2000m Men’s Lwt (70-74) S/L||2021||Bill Pontius||Unaffiliated||07:48.5|
|2000m Men’s Hwt (65-69)||2016||Hans Brunner||RMRC||07:20.1|
|2000m Men’s Hwt (65-69) S/L||2021||Peter Thomas||Rock Creek||07:51.4|
|2000m Men’s Lwt (65-69)||2013||Kurt Blumberg||Unaffiliated||07:23.6|
|2000m Men’s Hwt (60-64)||2021||Jim Hickman||BCR||06:43.8|
|2000m Men’s Lwt (60-64)||2012||Peter Francis||RMRC||07:16.6|
|2000m Men’s Lwt (60-64) S/L||2021||Bill Walsh||Unaffliated||07:46.6|
|2000m Men’s Hwt (55-59)||2018||James Hickman||BCR||06:40.4|
|2000m Men’s Hwt (55-59) S/L||2021||Jon Dorn||Rock Creek||07:38.1|
|2000m Men’s Lwt (55-59)||2014||Daniel Harris||Unaffiliated||07:28.9|
|2000m Men’s Hwt (50-54)||2013||Paul Hamer||Unaffiliated||06:36.7|
|2000m Men’s Hwt (50-54) S/L||2021||Jeff Boyd||Unaffliated||07:09.2|
|2000m Men’s Lwt (50-54)||2012||Marco Horton||Unaffiliated||07:01.7|
|2000m Wmn’s Lwt (80+)||2021||Joanne Marriott||Unaffiliated||10:23.0|
|2000m Wmn’s Hwt (75-79)||2015||Joanne Marriott||Unaffiliated||08:55.7|
|2000m Wmn’s Lwt (75-79)||2020||Kamilla Macar||Unaffiliated||11:58|
|2000m Wmn’s Hwt (70-74)||2013||Joanne Marriott||Unaffiliated||08:53.9|
|2000m Wmn’s Lwt (70-74)|
|2000m Wmn’s Hwt (65-69)||2017||Cat Curtis||Ft Collins||09:35.4|
|2000m Wmn’s Hwt (60-64)||2019||Joanna Schott||Unaffiliated||08:46.9|
|2000m Wmn’s Hwt (60-64) S/L||2021||Laura Gosse||Rock Creek||08:50.1|
|2000m Wmn’s Lwt (60-64)||2016||Anne Strobridge||Mile High||08:25.8|
|2000m Wmn’s Hwt (55-59)||2018||S. Borden||RMRC||07:29.0|
|2000m Wmn’s Hwt (55-59) S/L||2021||Nancy Cook||L2R||07:31.4|
|2000m Wmn’s Lwt (55-59)||2012||Anne Strobridge||Mile High||08:21.3|
|2000m Wmn’s Lwt (55-59) S/L||2021||CeCe Aguda||Steering||08:35.4|
|2000m Wmn’s Hwt (50-54)||2017||S. Borden||RMRC||07:20.7|
|2000m Wmn’s Hwt (50-54) S/L||2021||C. McMahon||Rock Creek||08:19.3|
|2000m Wmn’s Lwt (50-54)||2013||Maryanne Mentz||Front Range||09:24.8|
|2000m Men’s Senior Hwt (40-49)||2019||Brad Tomlin||Unaffiliated||06:45.3|
|2000m Men’s Senior Hwt (40-49) S/L||2021||Kelly Sparks||Unaffiliated||07:08.5|
|2000m Men’s Senior Lwt (40-49)||2012||Pat McAllister||Rutgers Alum||06:58.9|
|2000m Men’s Senior Lwt (40-49) S/L||2021||Ben Boehm||OKC||06:44.4|
|2000m Men’s Master Hwt (30-39)||2016||Richard Connell||MRRA||06:23.4|
|2000m Men’s Master Hwt (30-39) S/L||2021||Andy Perez||MRC||06:47.9|
|2000m Men’s Master Lwt (30-39)||2018||Andoni Bujan||Mile High||06:45.7|
|2000m Wmn’s Senior Hwt (40-49)||2012||Molly Roll||Kinetic||07:27.2|
|2000m Wmn’s Senior Lwt (40-49)||2021||Lesley Bodley||Unaffiliated||08:03.4|
|2000m Wmn’s Senior Lwt (40-49) S/L||2021||Heather Schroeder||River City||08:07.9|
|2000m Wmn’s Master Hwt (30-39)||2016||Kendall Ryerson||Unaffliated||07:09.9|
|2000m Wmn’s Master Lwt (30-39)||2013||Marika Page||Colorado Rowing||07:36.1|
|500m Jr Men's Hwt 13-15||2016||Pieter van Leeuwen||Mile High||01:30.3|
|500m Jr Men's Lwt 13-15||2015||Greg Cain||CACMJ||01:34.5|
|500m Jr Wmn’s Hwt 13-15||2015||Christina Bigger||Mile High||01:44.3|
|500m Jr Wmn’s Lwt 13-15||2014||Christina Bigger||Mile High||01:51.4|
|500m Men's Hwt 16-18||2016||Frank Cahill||Mile High||01:25.9|
|500m Men's Lwt 16-18||2012||Robert Long||Mile High||01:30.7|
|500m Wmn’s Hwt 16-18||2012||Kendall Chase||Mile High||01:38.1|
|500m Wmn’s Lwt 16-18||2012||Rose Filer||Flatirons||01:43.4|
|500m Men’s Hwt (19-29)||2016||Peter Kauss||CFG||01:22.1|
|500m Men’s Lwt (19-29)||2020||Jackson Burriss||CSU||01:32.5|
|500m Wmn’s Hwt (19-29)||2014||Sarah Foote||Red Rocks||01:36.9|
|500m Wmn’s Lwt (19-29)||2020||Rachel Marbater||BCR||01:52.7|
|500m Men’s Hwy (30-39)||2014||Jared Oldenburg||Unaffiliated||01:22.4|
|500m Men’s Lwt (30-39)||2020||Devon Dillon||Unaffiliated||01:40.8|
|500m Wmn’s Hwt (30-39)||2016||Kendall Ryerson||Unaffiliated||01:32.0|
|500m Wmn’s Lwt (30-39)||2018||Natalie Ormond||RMRC||01:52.5|
|500m Men’s Hwt (40-49)||2014||Peter Holman||Unaffiliated||01:19.8|
|500m Men’s Lwt (40-49)||2021||Ben Boehm||OKC||01:38.9|
|500m Wmn’s Hwt (40-49)||2021||Afshan Andesha||Unaffiliated||01:38.4|
|500m Wmn’s Lwt (40-49)||2021||Heather Schroeder||River City||51:00.0|
|500m Men’s Hwt (50-59)||2016||Scott Haines||CFG||01:29.1|
|500m Men’s Lwt (50-59)||2014||Daniel Harris||Unaffiliated||01:36.2|
|500m Wmn’s Hwt (50-59)||2016||Lynn Bouck||Death Row||01:42.7|
|500m Wmn’s Lwt (50-59)||2021||CeCe Aguda||Steering||01:57.6|
|500m Men’s Hwt (60-64)||2021||Jim Hickman||BCR||01:27.3|
|500m Men’s Lwt (60-64)||2012||Peter Francis||RMRC||01:39.1|
|500m Men’s Hwt (65-69)||2021||Peter Thomas||Rock Creek||01:46.6|
|500m Men’s Lwt (65-69)||2018||Peter Francis||RMRC||01:46.0|
|500m Wmn’s Hwt (60-64)||2021||Mitzi Nicoletti||Avalon||01:55.3|
|500m Wmn’s Lwt (60-64)||2016||Anne Strobridge||Mile High||01:56.2|
|500m Wmn's Lwt (65-69)||2021||Chris Ringdahl||Ft Collins||02:02.2|
|500m Wmn's (65-69)||2021||Jan Ternes||BCR||02:13.2|
|500m Men’s Hwt (70-74)||2021||Bill Pontius||Unaffiliated||01:42.6|
|500m Men’s Lwt (70+)||2020||Peter Francis||RMRC||01:47.9|
|500m Men’s Lwt (80+)||2013||Dean Smith||RMRC||01:50.2|
|500m Wmn Lwt (70+)||2021||Joanne Marriott (82)||Unaffiliated||02:18.8|
|500m Wmn Lwt (70+)||2021||Cat Curtis (72)||Ft Collins||02:15.1|
|500m Men’s Lwt (90+)||2017||Dean Smith||RMRC||02:20.8|
|1000m Men’s Novice (19-99)||2015||Tim Halliday||FIT at Park Meadows||03:07.3|
|1000m Wmn’s Novice (19-99)||2019||T. Dummy||Unaffiliated||03:38.2|
|1000 Jr Men’s Novice (14-18)||2013||Adam Resnick||Mile High||03:23.0|
|1000m Jr Wmn’s Novice (14-18)||2016||A. Kortum||Unaffiliated||03:23.4|
|1000m Boys (11-13)||2020||Matt Califano||Unaffiliated||03:45.5|
|1000m Girls (11-13)||2019||Rasam Thillairajah||Cacm||04:18.2|
|1000m (13 and over) Non Novice (men)||2016||Rich Connell||MRRA||03:04.3|
|1000m (13 and over) Non Novice (women)||2014||Megan Richardson||Unaffiliated||03:40.5|
|2 minute Row Boys/Girls (10 & Under) (retired race)||2014||Paytra Oldenburg||Unaffiliated||437m|
|Parents Row a Mile (Dads) (retired race)||2017||Joe Dencker||Mile High||05:38.9|
|Parents Row a Mile (Moms) (retired race)||2017||Patricia Little||Mile High||06:42.4|
|500m Girls 10-12 (retired race)||2012||Etta Carpender||Mile High||02:19.2|
|500m Boys 10-12 (retired race)||2012||Anthony Rivas||KIPP Sunshine||02:23.2|
Registration for our 2022 Summer Learn to Row Sessions will open in late January!
Practice and Regattas
Spring 2021 Practice Schedule: Start Date is March 6th.
Rowers should come to practices properly attired or they will not be permitted to practice with the team. Temperatures under 45 degrees, legs and arms must be covered for outside practice. No cotton layers on top, some form of polypropylene or polyester fabric to keep athletes dry. JLRacing (online), Boathouse Sport (online) REI, Cabela’s any sporting goods store should have appropriate outside clothing for your athlete.
No Practice on Easter Sunday, April 4th.
Zoom Workout: Saturday at Noon, Tuesday at 6 am or 7pm. You are required to attend one a week.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 pm
and Saturday 8:30-10:30 am and Sunday 7-9 am.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 4:30-6:30 pm
and Saturday 7-9 am and Sunday 8:30-10:30 am
All paperwork needs to be completed prior to your athlete being permitted to start practice. Your online signed USRowing Waiver must be done. You must have a USRowing Membership. Championship membership will allow your athlete to get the monthly rowing magazine, very informative magazine particularly for those new to the sport
Part of the team will race at Central Youths on May 1st and 2nd. The remainder of the team will race at Youth Nationals which will be held in Sarasota Florida in June & will include U17 races and U15 singles.
U15: A competitor may compete in the U15 category until December 31 of the year of their 14th birthday.
● U17: A competitor may compete in the U17 category until December 31 of the year of their 16th birthday.
● U19: A competitor may compete in the U19 category until December 31 of the year of their 18th birthday.
• If someone shows symptoms, they should not attend practice or a club function. The individual should reach out to his or her doctor for assistance and should inform their club. USRowing recommends they receive clearance from their doctor to resume training or any club activity.
• In the case of a positive test, the individual must inform the club. The club should contact trace for close-contact individuals and notify those individuals that they have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
• Close-contact individuals should contact their doctor and not attend practice or a club function until they have been cleared to resume training or any club activity.
Absences are reported to MileHighRowing2020@gmail.com.
Registration for Fall season closes on Friday, August 20th.
First Day of Practice is August 23rd.
The Last Day is November 10th after all Boats are put away for Winter.
All paperwork needs to be completed prior to your athlete being permitted to start practice. Paperwork needs to be printed out and turned in at practice. Your online signed USRowing Waiver must be signed.
You must have a USRowing Membership. Championship membership will allow your athlete to get the monthly rowing magazine, very informative magazine particularly for those new to the sport.
The 11 week season fee is $1,100. This does not include Travel Costs. Travel fees are due upon registration (see link below).
Fees for Fall Season Team are set by the Board, note that Fall Season Fees do not include your travel fees (airfare/hotel). It does include coaching fees, regatta registration, food at regattas, boat maintenance fees, etc.
No Practice on Labor Day, September 6th.
Sign up via Regatta Central here.
Pay the Mandatory Travel fees here.
New to the team? Purchase your uniform here.
October 2-3, Head of the Oklahoma, OKC
November 7th, Wichita Frostbite, (Wichita, Kansas)
Practice Times and Days: 6 mandatory practices per week.
Monday: 7-8 pm Zoom Practice
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 4:30-6:30 pm at Reservoir
Saturday and Sunday 7:30-10:00 am at Reservoir
Be certain to understand our absence policy before registering your athlete. We are a team and train as a team, not individually.
Are you curious as to how boatings are done? One measure used for boatings is Erg Scores. Another is winning seat races.
Times to be considered for a Varsity Women’s Boat:
Age 13-14 Heavyweight 8:43 or faster; Lwt 8:44 or faster
15-16 Heavyweight 8:17 or faster; Lwt 8:38 or faster
17 + Heavyweight 8:05 or faster; Lwt 8:16 or faster
Times to be considered for a Varsity Men’s Boat:
Age 13-14 Heavyweight 7:50 or faster; Lwt 8:04 or faster
15-16 Heavyweight 7:21 or faster; Lwt 7:30 or faster
17 + Heavyweight 6:59 or faster; Lwt 7:13 or faster
Your athlete must have an online signed USRowing Waiver before being permitted to start practice with the team.
Head Coach Grace Malacrida (Level III)
Medical information regarding your athlete is vital to the coaches! Changes to your athlete’s conditions, medication must immediately be reported to the Head Coach
Assistant Head Coaches
- Ann Strobridge (Level II)
- Elizabeth Moore (Level II)
- Lisa Dirth (Level II)
- Rachel Baumgartner (Level II)
- Saylor Strugar
- Jeremy Bernstein
- Anthony Malacrida (Level II)
COURTESY AND CONDUCT
Mile High rowers are expected to behave with personal responsibility, dignity, and respect for others: fellow teammates, coaches, parents and park personnel.
At all times
- Use respectful language (Lemon Pie Rules)
- Refrain from any inappropriate sexual behavior, including overt public displays of affection
- Follow the MHRC no bullying and social media policies
- Take responsibility for your own possessions and respect property that belongs to others
- Show up on time and prepared for practice
- Do not use drugs, alcoholic beverages, or tobacco (use of these will result in an immediate dismissal from the team)
At the reservoir
- Follow all State Park rules, NO SPEEDING nor HORSEPLAY in cars, trucks, bikes, etc.
- NO WALKING OUT ON THE ICE
- Pick up trash/bottles as needed
- Wear shirts and closed toe shoes unless otherwise specified by the coach
- Only enter the park with a valid State Park Pass on your car
- Refrain from noisy conduct, loud music, or ball games in the marina parking lot
- Follow all speed limits. The speed limit within the marina parking lot is 10 mph
Rowing or crew is the ultimate team sport, combining individual performance with absolute teamwork. It is both mentally and physically demanding. The sport uses all the major muscle groups, and requires a great deal of aerobic ability, athleticism, and dedication. There are two types of rowing:
- Sweep - where every rower has one oar and rows on either port or starboard side
- Sculling – where each rower has two oars.
Sweep boats are called pairs, straight four (4-), coxed four (4+) and 8s (8+ only). The plus refers to the coxswain. Sculling boats can be singles (1x), doubles (2x), or quads (4X).
We row all types of boats at MHRC.
Rowing is a year-round sport, which MHRC runs as four separate seasons. The fall season runs from August through November. Fall is head race season, where boats go down the course one at a time in rolling starts (typically 10-20 seconds apart), racing against the clock. The course is usually 5K. In the past, MHRC has attended the Head of the Oklahoma and the Wichita Frostbite regattas during the fall season.
Mile High’s winter season is spent focusing on indoor rowing, culminating in the Denver Indoor Rowing Championships. The winter season typically runs from November through February. During this season, rowers build their aerobic fitness and physical strength through training on ergs (rowing machines), and doing conditioning.
Spring season runs from March through May (or June for rowers who qualify for Youth Nationals). During the spring, teams participate in sprint races, with six or seven boats racing side by side over a 2K course, the Olympic distance. MHRC’S primary focus during the spring is on qualifying as many boats as possible for Youth Nationals. MHRC has qualified at least one boat each year since we began in 2009! Qualification happens at Central Youths in Oklahoma City. Preliminary heats determine which boats qualify for finals, and boats must finish in the top two in finals to qualify. Novice boats are not eligible to qualify for Youth Nationals. Please note that a novice rower may row in a varsity boat - and would then be eligible to qualify for Youth Nationals. Rowers who qualify are required to attend Youth Nationals in June and will continue to practice up until they leave for the regatta. Participating in Youth Nationals does involve significant additional expense (approximately $1,800 per rower), and spring rowers need to be prepared for this commitment if they qualify. Rowers who do not qualify will typically be finished with their season following Central Youths.
Late Spring/Summer allows the rowers to stay in shape and continue with rowing under more casual conditions. MHRC typically runs several Learn to Row sessions during the summer, and experienced rowers volunteer their time to help with these sessions in addition to having their own practices. MHRC typically attends one local regattas during the summer, and rowers who are enrolled for the season are required to attend. Experienced rowers and rowers who have completed a Learn to Row session over the summer are welcome to try out for the team in the Fall.
Rower Minimum Requirements
Rowers must be at least 13 years old (NO EXCEPTIONS) and must be able to carry a minimum of 25 lbs over their heads. They must be able to swim and tread water for at least 10 minutes. Rowers must complete a Learn to Row program the summer before they intend to join the team or have previous rowing experience. Final determination of rower readiness will be made by the head coach prior to the start of the season.
Women who weigh 130 pounds and above and men who weigh 150 pounds and above are classified as Open Weight or Heavy Weight rowers. Women who weigh less than 130 pounds and men who weigh less than 150 pounds can also row as Lightweight rowers. Lightweight rowers should be able to maintain this weight without dieting - as their natural body weight. Lightweight rowers are required to weigh in prior to each race to ensure that they meet this qualification. (Please note that these classifications are set by USRowing and FISA, and sometimes they get changed)
The coxswain is the member of the team who sits in the stern, facing the bow. The coxswain is responsible for steering the boat and coordinating the power and rhythm of the rowers. The coxswain is also responsible for motivating the crew members, making tactical decisions during a race, organizing and directing the crew at all times, putting the boats away, and assisting with implementing the coaches training regimen. Coxswains are typically much smaller than the average rower and must be able to naturally maintain the required weight – under 110 pounds for a women’s boat or under 120 pounds for a men’s boat. Coxswains are a critical part of the team and can compete at the highest level of the sport and qualify for college scholarships just like the rest of the team. MHRC will train qualified athletes for this position. Please contact our head coach if you feel that you are qualified and may be interested in taking on this responsibility.
Practice and Regattas
Rowers should come to practices properly attired or they will not be permitted to practice with the team. Temperatures under 45 degrees, legs and arms must be covered for outside practice. No cotton layers on top, some form of poly-propelene or polyester fabric to keep athletes
Medical information regarding your athlete is vital to the coaches! Changes to your athlete’s conditions, medication must immediately be reported to the Head Coach!
Race Schedules and Results:
Where to buy rowing attire
Official site for the USA National and Junior National Rowing Teams: www.usrowing.org
Concept 2: www.concept2.com
Rowers can set up their own accounts and track their meters on Concept II
NCAA Eligibility: https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/
If your athlete wishes to row in college, he or she should start their research early. Number #1 should be course of study. #2 does the athlete have the required grades? #3 does the school have a crew team? #4 does the athlete meet the requirements for that crew team? Your athlete can fill out college recruiting questionnaires to get that schools’ attention.
MHRC 2020 Learn to Row Camps for 13-18 year olds ARE Happening this Summer!
If you think you might be interested in joining our team, then enrolling in a Learn to Row camp is the first step.
This summer (2020), we will be conducting our annual Learn to Row programs, the basics of rowing for 13-18 year olds, in sculling boats, single rowing shells only. All camps take place at Cherry Creek Marina and in the morning. Check each session for its specific time. Each week-long program is limited to four participants, and athletes are required to wear masks during all land activities. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to train new coxswains at this time, until restrictions are lifted by US Rowing and local authorities. Rowers must be at least 13 years old at start of camp to participate.
We are located in the gated area of the Lake House aka Pelican Bay. When facing the Lake House, you will see a driveway and a gate to your left. Enter the gate and follow the gravel path on your left until you reach the gray trailer marked Mile High Rowing Club.
Session 1 runs from June 15-June 19, Monday to Friday from 7-9 am. FULL
Session 2 runs from June 22-June 26, Mon to Friday from 7:30-9:30 am FULL
Session 3 runs from June 29-July 2, Monday to Thursday from 6:30-9 am.
Session 4 runs from July 6-July 10, Monday to Friday from 7-9 am.
Session 5 runs from July 13-July 17, Monday to Friday from 7:30-9:30 am.
Session 6 runs from July 20-July 24, Monday to Friday from 7-9 am.
Session 7 runs from July 27-July 31, Monday to Friday from 7-9 am.
Session 8 runs from August 3-August 7, Monday to Friday from 7:30-9:30 am.
Session 9 runs from August 10-August 14, Monday to Friday from 7-9 am.
Requirements for all camps:
- Rowers and coxswains must be at least 13 years old by the start of camp. No exceptions, none. Boat laws require those under 13 to wear a full lifejacket this impedes the rowing learning process. If you are over 18 and interested in rowing check out the Rocky Mountain Rowing Club.
- Rowers (not coxswains) must be able to carry a minimum of 25 lbs. over their heads (divided weight of an eight boat by the number of rowers).
- Rowers must be at least 100 pounds, and 5'3" for the female team and 5'5" for the male team-this is for the safety of the rower.* The exception to this rule is those wishing to coxswain only. Coxswains do not need to meet the height or weight requirement, but must still be at least 13 years old. Interested coxswains must be confident as we will teach them to not only steer a boat, but command their crew. No prior experience is necessary, but confidence is a must.
- Rowers and coxswains must be able to swim and tread water for at least 10 minutes.
- Coxswains (the one who steers the boat) should be under 120 pounds for boys and under 110 for girls.
- CAMP FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. Rowers must be available to attend every day of the camp. Late arrivals are not allowed.
- Required paperwork must be completed prior to attendance and fees must be paid prior to the start of camp.
Parents/legal guardians and camp attendants must watch the USRowing Safety Video before the start of camp.
Camp attendance does not mean automatic placement on the fall team. You will receive notification at the end of camp if you are invited to join the team.