World Rowing Masters Coming to Sarasota, Early Entry Deadline Sunday

Nathan Benderson Park, one of the world’s premier regatta venues, is set to host the 2018 World Rowing Masters Regatta in Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla., this coming September.

The annual World Rowing Masters Regatta encourages athletes to stay active and allows them a platform to meet and compete against athletes from around the world.

Competitors of at least 27 years of age will race on the 1,000-meter course from September 27-30. The regatta includes more than 200 different events.

Stephen V. Rodriguez, president and CEO of the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates (SANCA), said that SANCA is excited to promote competitive rowing for older competitors.

“When you look at (the regatta), the majority of participants are 50+ years old,” Rodriguez. “The event really complements our demographic, and we hope it can serve as an inspiration to our senior community to get out and live a healthy, fun lifestyle.”

A new feature of this year’s World Rowing Masters Regatta is the “rowing is a sport for life” initiative, created to recognize some of the oldest rowers in competition today.

An Octogenarian Ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 29, after racing concludes to recognize the regatta’s oldest competitors, and all athletes 80 years old and older will receive a medal. The ceremony is set to become a tradition, as these athletes will receive a pin every subsequent year to honor their continued participation.

The event registration deadline is August 19, but the early registration deadline of June 17 is coming up on Sunday. Competitors can lock in their races at a reduced, per-seat race.

In addition to Nathan Benderson Park being a world-class, spectator-friendly rowing venue, Sarasota-Bradenton offers award-winning beaches, dining, arts and attractions for rowers and their families to experience during their trip.

To register or for more information on the regatta, please visit www.WRMR2018.com.

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