JU rowing team to host 24-hour American Heart Association marathon

By Kevin Hogencamp, Wave Weekly

Jacksonville University will have a distinctive role in the community-wide American Heart Association “National Wear Red Day” events on Friday, Feb. 1: The Negaard Rowing Center is hosting a 24-hour rowing marathon.

Beginning at noon Friday, the men’s and women’s rowing teams and members of the Brooks Rehabilitation Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program will continuously row on indoor machines called “ergometers” to raise awareness for women’s heart health. The event is called “24 Strokes for Heart Ergathon.”

JU Rowing coach Jim Mitchell said the rowing teams have established a goal of rowing more than 1 million meters – 621 miles – over the 24 hours.

“Rowing is one of the best cardio-vascular exercises to be done,” Mitchell said. “This event gives our rowing programs an opportunity to help people become more aware of the work the American Heart Association is doing for heart health, and help people become healthier. I see it as a win-win for all involved.”

JU students and community members are invited to participate or enjoy the festivities spectators. Donations are encouraged, but not required.

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