Indoor Racing Season

Most people don’t know that there are indoor rowing machine races.  January and February is the typical indoor rowing racing season. An indoor erg race is typically 2000 meters, by gender, by age group, best time wins. They hold various indoor regattas around the country every year, culminating in the World Indoor Rowing Championships and the USRowing Indoor National Championships.

Some of the regattas also have 1000 meter races and 500 meter races in addition to the standard 2000 meter races. In 2020, the World Championships were held in Paris, France and the USRowing National Championships were held in Boston, MA.

Tennessee Indoor Rowing Championships

The 30th annual TIRC was held in Chattanooga on Feb 8th this year. At the TIRC’s they use an age handicap system for all racers over 40 years of age. Everyone 40 and over rows at the same time. Age handicaps are set in advance based on the number of years over 40.  They then take your raw 2K time, deduct your handicap time and medals are awarded based on those adjusted times.

Part of our GIR Race Team raced here. Here’s who raced:

Kasey Obermeier – Open Lightweight Women – 3rd Place Bronze
Debbie Busbey – Open Lightweight Women – 5th Place
Camille Hood – Veteran Women (40 and Over) – 3rd Place Bronze

John Obermeier – Veteran Men (40 and Over) – 5th Place

Atlanta Erg Sprints

The Atlanta Erg Sprints does not use an age handicap system like they do in Chattanooga.  But, on the top end of the age group scale, everyone 60 and over rows together with no age adjustment. The Erg Sprints were held on February 15th this year.

Here’s who raced from GIR:

Emma Merry – Womens 30-39 – 4th Place
Camille Hood – Womens 60+ – 2nd Place  Silver
Robin Meuldijk – Womens 60+ – 1st Place Gold

Joe Merry – Masters Men – 4th Place
Glenn Wentz – Men Age 40-49 – 8th Place
Jack Turner – Men 60+ – 6th Place
Ron Meuldijk – Men 60+ – 5th Place

US Rowing Indoor National Championships

This year the US Rowing Indoor National Championships were held on March 1st in conjunction with the CRASH-B Sprints. We had two rowers from GIR compete this year.

John Obermeier – Mens 60-64 – 9th Place
Dave Watts – Lightweight Mens 80-84 – 1st Place Gold