Loud music mixed with the grinding of ergometers inside the Ithaca College Ward Romer Boathouse on March 3, where the college’s Men’s and Women’s Crew teams worked out — masked, distanced and wearing Bomber gear — to row and raise money for the crew teams and IC Habitat for Humanity.
The annual event, dubbed Row for Humanity, is a row-a-thon where crew team members set a collective goal of rowing 1 million meters to support the team and benefit the nonprofit, which builds homes for families in need. Before the event, the teams send out mailers asking family and friends to pledge money to their cause. The event, which usually takes place in Campus Center, was held in the two-story boathouse this year to allow for greater distancing between athletes.
Women’s crew coach Becky Robinson said that just having the event during a pandemic was what she looked forward to most about it — combined with the fact that starting the week after Row For Humanity, the Crew teams were planning to get on the waters of Cayuga Lake for the first time in almost a year.