Row for the Cure regatta to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month following 2017 World Rowing Championships at Benderson Park

All proceeds of sales to go to Florida Suncoast Chapter of Susan G. Komen

Image courtesy 2017 World Rowing Championships

On Oct. 1, the final day of competition during the 2017 World Rowing Championships, Breast Cancer Awareness Month will be celebrated with a Row for the Cure event at Nathan Benderson Park, the World Rowing Championships staff has announced.

“With the support of USRowing, Row for the Cure is the rowing and water-sports community’s crusade against breast cancer, raising $2.2 million to benefit Susan G. Komen, the largest breast cancer organization in the United States,” a press release explains.

“About 12% of women living in the United States will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives,” said Meredith Scerba, the executive director of the 2017 World Rowing Championships, in the release. “These are incredible individuals with incredible stories, and this is a wonderful opportunity for us to assist in the fight against the terrible disease.”

On the afternoon of Oct. 1, residents and visitors are invited to climb aboard kayaks, dragon boats and eight-person rowing shells at Nathan Benderson Park, the release continues. All money generated from sales will be donated to the Florida Suncoast Chapter of Susan G. Komen, the release emphasizes.

“This is a chance of a lifetime for us to be a part of the 2017 World Rowing Championships,” said Kathy Frederick, the founder of Row for the Cure. “Many of those who participate in Row for the Cure are breast cancer survivors. They are going to be thrilled to share the water with their supporters.”

Entry fees are as follows:

  • $70 for an individual.
  • $1,000 for an eight-person rowing shell.
  • $1,300 for a Dragon Boat Team (20 people).

Those who participate in the event will receive the following, the release adds:

  • All boating equipment.
  • A commemorative T-shirt.
  • A two-day Championship Weekend ticket to the 2017 World Rowing Championships
  • A Row for the Cure participation medal.

To participate, no experience is necessary, the release points out. Registration will end on Sept. 8. For more information and to register, visit