by James Nielsen, Vikes Communications
January 30, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s rowing teams will play hosts this weekend as the 29th annual National Indoor Rowing Championship gets underway, February 2 at McKinnon Gymnasium.
Now in it’s 29th year, the Canada’s Indoor Championships, also known as the Monster Erg features over 400 athletes competing in 32 events from the junior to senior level.
“What makes the Monster Erg unique is the opportunity for the spectators and athletes to be close to the action,” said Vikes head coach Rick Crawley. “People can expect intensity, excitement, a packed house and lots of yelling athletes who are utterly exhausted after their races.”
Not just limited to Victoria, the Indoor Championships also feature events in Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Dartmouth. A national champion is determined after results from the concurrent events results are tallied. The winner then qualifies for the 33rd World Indoor Rowing Championship, hosted by the CRASH-B Sprints on February 16, 2014, at the Agganis Arena in Boston, Mass.
Additionally, the Monster Erg also doubles as a fundraiser for the UVic rowing program, with the sale of several models of new and used ergometers available for public purchase.
McKinnon Gym’s bleachers will be open for viewing at the event. Monitors will also be set up to show the “race course and boats” so spectators can follow the action. Competition begins, Feb. 2 at 9:30 a.m. and admission is free.