For the 3rd straight year, indoor rowing will be front and center at the Special Olympics Michigan Summer Games, being held June 3-5th on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI.
Aspirus Keweenaw Fitness Center and UCanRow2 offer indoor rowing as an open, demonstration sport at the Games, which attract more than 5,000 athletes, coaches, chaperones and volunteers from nearly every county in Michigan. Athletes from children to adults participate in 11 types of competition at the annual event, including swimming, bowling, weightlifting and volleyball.
Over two full days of competition at the rowing venue hundreds of athletes, novices and seasoned veterans alike, will row 500-meter pieces on a Concept2 rowing machine. The top three adult and youth men and women will be recognized with award certificates and prizes. Participation in rowing has grown every year, and is expected to be higher this year as well. The inclusion of indoor rowing in the event is supported this year, as in the past, by Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital.
The rowing machine is particularly well-suited to Special Olympics athletes because it fully accommodates each athlete’s level of fitness and ability, while providing a fun and challenging workout. Athletes return to the rowing venue year after year because they enjoy the special combination of rhythmic synchronicity and physical challenge that the sport offers.
The State Summer Games is one of seven annual statewide competitions for the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. The Special Olympics Michigan programs are offered at no cost to the athletes or their families.