What is Community Challenge?



What is Community Challenge?



What is Norwalk River Rowing’s Community Challenge?

  • Norwalk River Rowing is challenging members of our community to get out and row.  

  • We take you through a 6 week learn to row course to prepare you for our annual race day.

What do you get?

  • During The Community Challenge Kick off party you will meet your coaches, get a tour of our  new facility, and learn about the equipment you will be using

  • The following 6 weeks will include two practices a week, learning how to row, training to race and having fun out on the water.

  • Rowing gives you a great team building experience as well as a great workout!

No previous experience is necessary!

Team Size – you put the boat together.

Neighbors! Friends! Co-workers! Bring your team!

Corporations/Businesses:  Community Challenge is a great way to work on team building among your employees.  Sign up a full boat, and we’ll take care of the rest. (max 10 people per boat, if everyone is present on race day you will be all be able to race, there are multiple heats and line up options.)

Individuals: So you think this looks really fun, but you don’t have 8 others to join you, or maybe not a whole boat. That’s okay! Sign up as individuals, and we will do our best to find teammates for you. If we can’t, we will provide a refund.



One goal of Community Challenge is to fundraise. As a non-profit organization, we aim to promote a lifelong passion for the sport of rowing for adult and youth athletes. All funds raised will support the organization as a whole. Each team will be asked to help go to friends, colleagues, family to raise a few bucks.  The team who raises the most money receives a prize!



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What is Community Challenge?

Community Challenge is a 6 week rowing program designed to promote teamwork, cooperation, and a sense of community. Community Challenge is all about learning new skills, meeting new people, and have some friendly competition.


Who are we?

Norwalk River Rowing Association was founded in 1986 as a non-profit, community based club. We are a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to expose as many people to the sport of rowing as we can, and to provide rowing opportunities to people of all ages, backgrounds, and income levels.


How long does the program run/What is the time commitment?

Community Challenge will start on May 7th with a kick off party and end on June 24th with the regatta., where your crew will race all the others to decide a winner. Crews practice together twice a week, typically in the week day evenings between 6:00pm and 8:30pm. Practices are an hour and a half long, with typically at least an hour of on-water time. 


What can you expect from Community Challenge?

You can expect 6 weeks of rowing in an 8 person boat (an 8). You will learn everything from how to carry the boats and oars, to how to take a simple stroke through the water, to how to race and everything in between! More importantly, you can expect 6 weeks of growing together with the rest of your boat through the sport of rowing.


Do I have to know how to row already?

No! Community Challenge welcomes and encourages people new to the sport. Participants will learn basic boat handing skills, and rowing technique through the first 4 weeks of the program. The last two weeks leading up to the race will be spent on race preparation and more advanced rowing technique. 


What is rowing?

During Community Challenge, we teach Olympic style rowing. You sit backwards in a 60 foot long rowing shell (check out the Gallery page to see pictures of these) and take strokes through the water with your teammates with a 12 foot long, carbon fiber oar.


How strong do I have to be to row?

This program is designed for people of all fitness backgrounds and levels. Although rowing at the elite level requires the utmost in fitness, rowing recreationally does not and is incredibly beneficial to everyone. Also, rowing is mostly a lower body sport. About 70% of the rowing stroke is done with the legs, with the other 30% being upper body. Cyclists, runners, swimmers, basketball players, non-athletes, anyone can learn and excel at rowing.


I want to participate but I don’t have a team of 8. Can I still do it?

Yes! You can sign up as an individual and you will be grouped with others who have done the same. It’s a great chance to make new friends from around the area. Individuals and full teams have had great success and fun with the program in the past.


My company gives its employees money towards doing programs like this, how do we move forward with signing up?

One way would be to sign up as a boat or an individual and we can send you a purchase order to receive reimbursement from your company. Another would be to have your company log on and sign up an entire boat.  Please email with any questions.


When do we practice?
As a team you can choose 2 nights a week and we will assign you a coach.  If you do not have a team and sign up as an individual you will have options such as Monday and Wednesday at 6pm or Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. Note: We will also be offering weekend time slots.