Press release submitted by Two Rivers YMCA|
[MOLINE, IL] (May 13, 2013) – Want to learn more about rowing? Attend the open house at the Y's Sylvan Boathouse, 1701 1st Avenue, Moline Saturday, May 18th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Rowing is great exercise, providing a total-body workout that targets a large number of muscles and the cardio-vascular system. Rowing is also a very-low-impact activity and a great way to cross train for other sports.
Visitors to the open house will receive a great, hands-on introduction to rowing on the Mississippi River. Visitors will tour the Sylvan Boathouse, take mini-lessons on rowing machines and on the water, meet Y rowers and get more information on rowing programs for youth and adults - from novices to adaptive rowers to experts.
The Two Rivers YMCA rowing program includes people who row for fun and fitness and those who row for competition. For many, being out on the water and enjoying the sights and sounds of nature is a great boost for the spirit, mind and body.
The Quad Cities has a rich history of rowing. In 1874, a group of men in Moline formed a rowing club, naming it the "Sylvan Boat Club." Then, in 1884, as a result of their success in Midwest regattas, a group of investors formed "The Moline Regatta Association" for the sole purpose of holding annual regattas. Investors included S.H. Velie, C.H. Deere and John Deere. Their regattas attracted over 5,000 spectators and crews from all over the Midwest. This year's Regatta will be October 13th and will draw participants to the Quad Cities from across the country. The spirit of this sport lives on through Y Quad Cities Rowing.
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