Fight Melanoma Cancer – Work Out: Meters for Melanoma 2018 is Here!

Last updated March 31, 2018


Help us beat melanoma, one of the deadliest cancers! Join us on May 5 for Meters for Melanoma, supporting the Midwest Melanoma Partnership. Join us!

 

 

Fight melanoma cancer and get your row on at the same time!  METERS FOR MELANOMA, our annual fundraiser to support research and education by the Midwest Melanoma Partnership is back for a second year, bigger and better than ever.

 

We’ve added prizes – ERGS! – for top fundraisers and, thanks to a $20,000 challenge grant, your donations are worth even more this year.

 

row a little – row a lot

 

REGISTER NOW to either row as an individual, or get your small team (25 or fewer) or large team (26+) together and plan to raise funds and row meters together.  We’ve made the meter distances accessible for pretty much anyone.

 

You can row as few as 500 meters, or 5000 meters, or beyond.  Not into rowing?  Just want to support the cause?  No problem.  You can even donate to register as a Virtual Rower and your entry will count towards the prizes.

 

WIN A ROWING MACHINE, SKIERG or BIKEERG!

 

This year we’re sweetening the pot and giving one individual and one team their choice of a Concept2 rowing machine, SkiErg or BikeErg.  There are minimum fundraising levels to qualify for the erg giveaway, and the number of meters you get matters too.  Check the registration page for details.

 

Sign up before April 3, 2018 and you will have the opportunity to order an event shirt for delivery in time for race day.  People who register later can still order shirts, but they will arrive after May 5.

raise money to fund melanoma cancer research

 

Melanoma cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the disease.  One person dies from it EVERY HOUR.  Think about that: In the time it takes you to finish your workout at the gym, one person has died from melanoma cancer.  On-water rowers and outdoor athletes in general are at great risk for cutaneous melanoma due to their exposure to the sun.

 

 

Prevention is critical.  And much easier than treating this deadly disease, as we at UCanRow2 know all too well.  That makes Meters for Melanoma a labor of love for us.

 

 A very personal labor as you’ll see below if you watch the video from our own Terry Smythe, who was diagnosed with rare mucosal melanoma late in 2013.  [Did you know that melanoma actually has three forms – cutaneous, mucosal and ocular?]

 

 

Meters for Melanoma 2017 from UCanRow2 on Vimeo.

The Basics

WHEN: May 5th-6th, 2018

WHERE: Anywhere you can find a rowing machine, SkiErg or BikeErg!

WHY: To raise funds for melanoma research and awareness. Our goal is to raise at least $20,000 for these activities, which will then be matched by an anonymous donor.

HOW: Grab your team, or sign up as an individual at this link.

NOTE: While it is Terry’s hope that everyone will be active in some way during this weekend, you DO NOT need to row to participate.  Virtual rowers are welcome, too!

 

Questions? Post them in the comments.  Come row with us and help us fight melanoma!

Special Olympics AND Rowing? Count Me In!

UCanRow2 and Concept2 are headed to the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games!  It’s the first time ever for these national games, and we need your help.

If you’re in the Princeton, NJ area, or could be on Thursday, June 19, we’d love to have you join us for a day you won’t soon forget.  Promise!  Concept2 will give you a cool volunteer t-shirt as a small thank-you, too.  Bonus!

Picture this: 18 ergs hooked up for 500-meter racing, the results running on wide screens,  Special Olympics athletes giving it their all while their coaches, teammates and you cheer them on.  It’s an electric atmosphere that’s hard to describe in words, so take a look at this video  and these photos to get more of the flavor.  

What would you be doing?  We need your help to get athletes signed up to row, give them a super-quick learn-to-row on the erg before they race, get them set up on their machine, and most of all cheer them on and help create that electric atmosphere.

UCanRow2 has been present and accounted for at the Special Olympics Michigan winter and summer games for more than a decade but this is the first time for bringing indoor rowing to the Special Olympics national stage.  To put it mildly we are PUMPED and ready to ROCK THIS ROW.

Sound good?  Better than good? It will be! If you’re interested in helping out, or have questions, drop us an email at info@ucanrow2.com and we’ll get you set up.

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Date: Thursday, June 19

Hours: 9:30-5:00

Location: Corporate Park

Meals: Lunch and snacks provided

Have you worked with special olympics or in other areas of adaptive rowing?  We’d love to hear your stories, leave us a comment and tell us more.  

Row on!

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Rowers sit ready for rowing class at UCanRow2's Body ShopThere’s been a veritable media frenzy of coverage lately of indoor rowing, which once again is enjoying a well-deserved and long-overdue day in the sun.

The latest to jump on the bandwagon is the Huffington Post, which launched a shot over the bow of indoor cycling: “Watch out, stationary bike. Across the country, boatloads of people are dipping their toes into the water (sorry), resulting in a surge of indoor-rowing classes.”

As it should be!  Spinning is great, but it can’t hold a candle to the total-body benefits of an indoor rowing workout, which as the HuffPo points out can burn over 800 calories in a one-hour workout.   Non-impact, total-body for people of virtually every age and ability.  What’s not to love?

If you’re ready to try indoor rowing we’ve got a list of certified instructors throughout the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada and soon to be Australia where you can find the instructors and personal trainers who will put you through your rowing paces in a workout that will be safe, fun, efficient (the 2-hour workout is SO 2005) and effective.

Got a favorite instructor?  Give ’em a shout-out here!

 

 

 

Sweat This (Rowing), Not That (Other Cardio Stuff)

Great to see Men’s Health magazine and the terrific Eat This, Not That series recognizing the calorie torching benefits of rowing in a Sweat This, Not That post.  “Rowing burns the most calories and works the most muscles, including muscles in your back, and also improves posture,” the magazine notes, and it even references a Brazilian study that indicates you can burn more than 25 percent more calories if you’re rowing on the water.

Either way, rowing and weight loss are a natural combination, and it’s a non-impact, total-body activity that you can do throughout your life.  Want some good rowing workouts to get you started?  We have them for you here, and if you’d like to read how it worked for one person check out Sarah’s Story.

Want to learn how to row better and get more out of your rowing workouts? Find a certified instructor near you or attend one of our Indoor Rowing Foundations trainings.

Indoor Rowing in the News: Rowing a Low-Impact Workout with High Results

We travel all over the United States doing indoor rowing training and generally turning people on to the sport. One of the coolest places we’ve ever been is Fitness Pointe in Munster, IN, where we had the good fortune to visit the day that member Judy Abbott hit 2 million meters rowed during last year’s month-long Concept2 World Erg Challenge (WOW!!!).

The NWI Times has just profiled the group, which had 254 members in this year’s rowing challenge, in which they marked their third challenge win.  This group totally gets the benefits of rowing, both the physical and the emotional, community-building: The story quotes Fitness Pointe fitness supervisor Nikki Sarkisian on the benefits of rowing: “Rowing is a great cardiovascular workout,” she says. “However, it can also be a muscular endurance workout for those individuals that row 100,000 meters or more during one workout.”

Read the full story here.