Registered Regatta Spotlight: Atlanta Erg Sprints
By USRowing Staff • February 7, 2018
On February 10, the Georgia Tech Crew Affinity Group will be hosting the 27th Annual Atlanta Erg Sprints. The Atlanta Erg Sprints is an official qualifying regatta for the upcoming 2018 World Rowing Indoor Championships and our USRowing Registered Regatta of the week.
“Rowing just isn’t as popular down South, so we do generate quite a bit of curiosity in the gym and on campus,” Regatta Director Nick Grivas said. The indoor regatta is hosted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center, a site used during the 1996 Olympic Games.
The event has grown threefold since the GTCA alumni took over organizing the regatta, which began in 1991. “It’s a great opportunity for our alumni to get together and show the team some love.” Last year’s event drew more than 700 competitors and hundreds of spectators, while even more are expected to attend this upcoming weekend.
“This year we have doubled our footprint due to increased interest and attendance,” said Grivas. “Indoor rowing has grown in popularity, particularly in cross-training gyms, like local CrossFit and Orange Theory affiliates. This event allows those athletes to compete with the best rowers from around the Southeast.”
Up to 30 competitors can go head-to-head at the same time in every category. To provide fair and fun competition, a variety of distances, age categories and skill levels are contested. In 2017, the youngest competitor was just seven years old and the oldest was 79. This year’s distances range from 500 to 2,000 meters and even offer a 2K-relay event.
“In the last decade alone, we’ve doubled in size in no small part due to the interest in the erg outside of the ‘rowing’ community,” Grivas said. “In fact, over 15 percent of the competitors are exclusively indoor rowers.”
Online registrations have already closed, but don’t let that deter you from competing at this USRowing-sanctioned event. Walk-up registrations are available all day as long as there’s an open erg left in your category. Rowing enthusiasts should similarly consider spending some time as a spectator at the Atlanta Erg Sprints. “Two world records were broken at our event last year. It’s just such a thrill to see this happen in real time!”
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Photos and video provided by Atlanta Erg Sprints & Georgia Tech Crew Affinity Group.