The rowing programs at the three local universities will open their season Saturday with a charity race in Mission Bay.
The 17th annual San Diego Row for the Cure is a partnership between UCSD men’s and women’s rowing program and Susan G. Komen San Diego to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. Joining the Tritons are the San Diego State Aztecs and USD Toreros.
“The Row for the Cure is always a really great event and a perfect way to kick off our fall season,” UCSD women’s rowing coach Colin Truex said. “Not only do the athletes get the opportunity to race against quality local competition, they get to participate in an event that raises awareness for breast cancer and the mission of the San Diego Susan G. Komen Foundation. It is a spirited, fun and meaningful way to start the season.”
While the regatta is the unofficial season opener for the three programs, the race is open any human-powered watercraft. In the past, this has included rowers, kayakers, stand-up and sit-down paddlers, first-time rowers in the barge and outriggers.
Seventy-five percent of the funds raised at the event stays in San Diego to provide support for uninsured and underinsured breast cancer patients and the rest goes to Komen for the Cure national breast cancer research.
The event raises funds through registration fees, donations and raffles. Last year’s event raised $26,000, a record.
Registration and check-in begin at 5:30 a.m. at North Ski Beach on Mission Bay and races are scheduled to start at 7:40 a.m.
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