Two years ago, a fabulous new rowing team, Hydrow Shorties, joined the Pink the Boathouse Challenge and quickly became a top fundraising team. This dynamic group of rowers under 5’2” is stepping up again and doing good for the cancer community, hosting a virtual erg event throughout August – Row 5k Oar Bust! They invite everyone to join the challenge.

The Shorties will donate all funds raised to Survivor Rowing Programs across the U.S. which empower cancer survivors through rehabilitation and exercise programs. Survivor Rowing Programs receiving grants in 2021: Recovery on Water, Saugatuck SurviveOARS, We Can Row Boston, We Can Row Buffalo, We Can Row DC, We Can Row Philly, We Can Row Camp Randall, Naiades Oncology Rowing, and Cortlandt Community Rowing Association.

A portion of all funds raised will also be directed to cutting-edge cancer research, conducted by Susan G. Komen, that will lead to new, more effective treatment, ultimately reducing cancer-related deaths and finding a cure.

“We work out on the Hydrow erg and use its interactive, social media capabilities to encourage and support one another – holding competitions, building a community, and, most importantly to our story, fundraise for causes we are passionate about,” said Erin Naber, team captain for the Shorties. “In our group, we have survivors, ladies currently undergoing treatment, and all of us have friends, family members, and/or coworkers who have fought or are fighting breast cancer. We are excited to launch this new Row for the Cure event and support those who need our help.“

How to get involved:

  • Register on RegattaCentral
  • $10 entry fee
  • Form or join a fundraising team on:
  • Ask your friends, family and teammates to support your effort
  • Complete the 5k between August 1-31
  • Enter your erg time (with photo verification) and contact details here: RESULTS
  • Post your photos on Instagram/rowforthecure and Instagram/5k_oar_bust #row5koarbust, #rowforthecure, #rowingcares
  • All participants will receive a Row5k OAR Bust! sticker
  • Winners of each division and the Top Fundraiser will receive a Row for the Cure prize and be featured in post event media
  • Purchase your event gear HERE – great styles and colors available

“The Hydrow Shorties are passionate, committed and fun and we’re delighted to add this new event to our 2022 schedule” said Beth Kohl, President, Row for the Cure. We work with Rowing Clubs across the country which improve the lives of cancer survivors , and their families, by offering programs for those coming out of treatment. These women meet others who are in similar situations, and we’ve seen beautiful friendships born. We’re happy to be able to support these organizations, providing more opportunities for survivors to benefit from our wonderful sport, while also supporting Susan G. Komen’s research initiatives.”

Learn more about the Hydrow Shorties here:

Questions? Please contact Erin Naber, Hydrow Shorties: or Beth Kohl, Row for the Cure:

About Rowing Cares and Row for the Cure

Row for the Cure is a signature program run by the non-profit Rowing Cares. Rowing Cares is the rowing community’s crusade against cancer, raising funds through a series of events, regattas and virtual challenges across the U.S. Rowing Cares provides grants to community cancer organizations which support local cancer patients and their families, to rowing organizations which empower cancer survivors and to cutting-edge cancer research conducted by Susan G. Komen. Since its inception in 1993 the organization has raised over $3.5 million which has been distributed locally to support patients, caregivers and survivors and to help find a cure.