After it’s fourth year run, the Passport2Pain fundraiser, dubbed the toughest ride in the Puget Sound, was another success thanks to all the crazy cyclists, lots of volunteers and courteous, welcoming islanders. If your not familiar with P2P, as it’s nicknamed, it’s a circuit of […]
Today refueling is on my mind–and with fall head racing approaching, perhaps it should be on your mind, too. Why am I thinking about refueling? Because 1) of the Green Lake Summer Extravaganza–for many racers the harbinger of fall racing season, 2) this morning I […]
Replacing Aging Fleet Becomes Top Priority
Vashon Island Rowing Club has created an intriguing contest for the right to name some of its’ rowing shells. “This is a great opportunity for businesses to associate themselves with a popular local sport, or for families to honor a friend or relative” said Marianne Metz Lipe, a junior crew parent and contest organizer. The club is executing a series of fundraising efforts specifically to purchase new equipment. The naming effort is intended to raise $11,000 toward the overall goal of $60,000.
Currently there are two unnamed boats in the fleet: a single and a double. The naming rights for the single shell will be offered in a raffle. When a business or family donates $200, their name goes into a pool of a maximum of 20 participants. A drawing will be held publicly and the winner will be announced online through the club’s website, Facebook page and Twitter feed. Adding another incentive, the club will include a 60 day 250×250 rotating sponsorship banner on the website for the first five participants that donate. The remaining 15 donors will receive a 30 day 125×125 banner.
For the double shell, the club is accepting straight donations with a goal of $7,000. The largest donor wins, not only the naming rights, but also a one year sponsorship banner on both the crew website and the site for the club’s locally infamous bike ride fundraiser Passport2Pain.
The single shell was acquired earlier this year after a cable snapped and two single shells fell from their overhead storage area. No one was hurt but the boats were completely destroyed. Some significant wins have been accomplished in the boat this past spring. Junior rower Gus Magnuson won a gold medal at the prestigious Brentwood Regatta in Canada and a bronze at the NW Regional Championships and junior rower Anne Gaspers raced in it at regionals and qualified for the junior national championships. Master rower Mark Ripley won the silver at the Masters NW Regional Championships.
Two other double shells were also purchased this year, one via a private donation from a generous crew family, the other by the 2013 graduating rower families and Vashon Windermere Real Estate.
Many local rowing clubs replace their boats after two or three years of use. The oldest in the fleet is 15 years old and the average age 10 years. Coach Richard Parr, who has coached for over 20 years at all levels, says, “Great boats can’t win you a race, but an aged boat can definitely cause you to lose.” Club president Colby Atwood adds, “Our junior program is at capacity. With older boats out for repair more often, it means less time on the water for the kids.”
Vashon Island Rowing Club is a non-profit 501(3)(c) organization. All donations are tax deductible.
For more information please contact Marianne Metz Lipe at Marianne.firstname.lastname@example.org
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Adventure cyclist Willie Weir blogs about his introduction to Vashon’s toughest hills after joining us for the 2nd annual Passport to Pain ride. We’re glad to add you to the group of “Idiots” who completed the whole 78 mile ride! “Pain has never been so much fun”, says Willie. See you next year?? http://bit.ly/Qw9oI7
Kudos and gratitude to participants of the second annual Passport2Pain. Cyclists who pledged and rode the scenic yet punishing roads of Vashon Island helped raised much needed funds for the rowing club. Over 100 riders, young and mature, women and men, and one Knight in Shining Armor peddled to 18 strategically located checkpoints […]
It’s never too early to start training! September 15, 2012 – Vashon Island’s 2nd annual PASSPORT TO PAIN (P2P) – 10,000 feet of vertical, 76 mile ride. Anyone who’s cycled Vashon knows that the Island is a series of brutal hills connected by short sections of… […]
Congrats to all the cyclists who particpated in the Passport 2 Pain fundraiser! Along with Vashon riders were Seattlites and two women masters from Pocock Rowing Center.
Riders could choose from three course options: The Idiot (75 miles), The Weasel (45 miles) or The Weenie (30 miles), each with passport stamping stations, all involving hill climbs.
Cyclists celebrated their accomplishments and enjoyed a BBQ with homemade yummies.
Thanks to all the volunteers. Proceeds to be split between VIJC and the Vashon Maury Food Bank.
On September 17, VIRC is holding a rousing fundraiser: Passport to Pain. P2P is a grueling 75 mile island ride with 10,000 feet of vertical climb followed by a pleasant BBQ. Are you up for the challenge?? Anyone who’s cycled Vashon knows the island is a […]