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Learn to row this Saturday

LO Community Rowing offering free Learn to Row sessions


The public is invited to participate in Learn to Row Day this Saturday.

If Laura Hillenbrand’s “The Boys in the Boat” has you eager to give rowing a try, don’t miss your opportunity this Saturday. Lake Oswego Rowing Club is participating in National Learn to Row Day with free training at the LOCR Boathouse at the Charlie S. Brown Water Sports Center near Roehr Park on the Willamette River.

Sign up for training at 7:30 or 9 a.m. online at lakeoswegorowing.com.

LOCR offers sculling and sweep rowing programs and classes for youth and adults. LOCR is the only boathouse in the Portland area to offer Learn to Row, experienced and competitive programs for both Youth and Masters. This is the sixth year LOCR has offered Learn to Row Day.

“This is a lifelong sport,” said Tucker Green, a volunteer with the group. “Come with a good attitude and let the fun begin.”

STAFF PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE  - Kathryn Evans is the executive director of Lake Oswego Community Rowing club.

LOCR Executive Director Kathryn Evans says safety is always the first consideration. Teamwork and comradery are close seconds.

“The team is made up of kids from all around the area,” Evans said. “They range in age from 13-18 and there is this strong sense of camaraderie. They travel together and work together, cheer each other on and are good support for each other. Come and give it a try! We hope you will come try it and fall in love with the sport.”

The LOCR team recently competed in the U.S. Rowing Youth Regionals event at Vancouver Lake, Wash.

LOCW has rowing teams of novice, varsity and master rowers.

“One of our boats earned a gold medal yesterday, the Novice Women’s 4+x,” she said. “There were five total girls in the boat — four rowers and the coxswain.”

The team included Parker Phillips and Caitlin Flanagan of Lakeridge High, Grace Reily-Simmons of Lake Oswego High, Abigail Brown of Lake Oswego Junior High and Sydney Silverblatt of Lakeridge Junior High.

LOCR is offering summer rowing programs for youth and masters. Registration is through Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation, call 503-675-2549 for details.

To learn more about the program and to sign up for Saturday’s Learn to Row sessions and download release forms visit lakeoswegorowing.com.

The club is a nonprofit organization and relies heavily on volunteers. Contact Evans via the website to see how you can help.

Rowing is a lifelong sport, and builds camaraderie among teammates of all ages.

Responsibility for taking care of equipment and safety are big factors for members of LOCR teams.

To get to the boathouse from State Street in downtown Lake Oswego, turn east onto Foothills Drive and follow it until reaching a stop sign at the intersection of Foothills Drive and Oswego Pointe Drive. Turn right onto Oswego Pointe Drive and follow the road to a round-about and parking lot associated with The Foundry. Park in the lot just ahead and to the left of the round-about, right next to Foothills Park. You’ll then need to make your way across the parking lot to the far southeast corner where there is a walking path; following that path to the right to the LOCR Boathouse.

Contact Barb Randall at 503-636-1281 ext. 100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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