FOX23 takes part in a Row-a-thon

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Reported by: Shae Rozzi
Updated: 1/19 6:07 pm Published: 1/19 12:39 am

Most people can't imagine running a marathon and so many others couldn't picture themselves rowing the distance of a marathon either.

FOX23's anchor, Shae Rozzi, and meteorologist Michael Seger took part in a media row-a-thon to see what it takes to row like a champion.

FOX23 anchor Shae Rozzi and FOX23 meteorologist Michael Seger were along the Arkansas River Saturday for a row-a-thon.

However they weren't rowing out in the water, they were rowing on machines.

First they took a quick lesson from Tulsa rowing club head coach Neil Bergenroth.

"You want to hold the machine with knuckles forward," Bergenroth said.

With a few other pointers, the FOX23 team was off.

They were rowing for one minute while the Tulsa rowing club is rowing for hours.

With pledges from sponsors hoping to raise $30,000 FOX23 spoke with Molly Moreland, the girls' novice coach.

"To buy new ... boats, ores ... and pay for travel expenses, we have coming up we go to all sorts of places. Last summer boys went to UK so some of our finances go toward that," said Moreland.

Some of these kids are rowing the distance of a marathon.

Shae Rozzi said, "I had 220 meters on my second attempt. My jacket got caught a little but it's nothing compared to Seger's 323 meters. How does it feel to be the defending media champion?"

Seger replied, "I'm exhausted. This is a lot of work, a lot of work. What these kids are doing is amazing, amazing."

Some of them hold world records and they hope to inspire young rowers to do the same.

From January 27th through February 7th they have a trial program called 'Learn To Row' for 8th graders to seniors.

To register go to FOX23.COM and click on the FOXBOX for the link.

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