The URI Rowing Club hit the pavement for a good cause last Saturday by running in the 2nd annual Galilee 5k. The event was coordinated by the URI Men’s baseball team as a fundraiser for the Autism Project of Rhode Island. The route covered the scenic coastal roads of The Port of Galilee, 20 minutes from campus.
For the novice recruits of URI’s Rowing Club, this was their first event representing their team. As many of these students have little to no experience in rowing, they had spent a portion of the previous week visiting the Club’s facility and learning the fundamentals of the competitive sport. As rowing is a heavy cardiovascular endurance based sport, running is a good indicator of potential in the boat.
The team was unmistakable with matching t-shirts and jerseys that date back almost 20 years. Remnants of the teams history of boathouse fires and saved by head coach Bob Gillette, the shirts proudly displayed the motto “out of the ashes” across the back. The club has been around since 1974 and has since competed in some of the largest regattas in international collegiate sports, including Dad Vail’s and the Head of the Charles. Training takes place throughout the year with the main competitive season occurring in the spring. The team has already begun training, this weekend supporting charity in the process.
“It was uplifting to see my team participating and competing together while supporting such a worthy cause,” stated Charlie Boyle, the team’s captain. Charlie ran the team’s fastest time in the 5k, an 18:53, receiving 8th place overall.