Running with Purpose
I am truly honored to be a member of CRI’s Marathon Team and to be raising funds to support CRI’s Para Rowing Programs.
This will be my second marathon and my second Boston. After struggling through the 2012 race in the sweltering heat, I swore never to run another. I've decided to break that promise to myself because of the profound impact rowing and Community Rowing Inc. have had on my life.
I learnt to row in college and after graduating, I came to miss those early morning workouts. But, what I missed was not those 4:15am wakeups, but the sport, my Wellesley Crew teammates, and the common purpose that united us. The summer after I graduated from Wellesley, as we shared dinner at her first apartment, I mentioned to a former teammate that I felt lost and adrift without crew. Somehow she talked me into trying out for CRI's Women's Competitive Team the next day. Even more miraculously, after months of post-colligate torpor, I survived a 5k erg test and made the team. I have rowed, coached and volunteered for CRI when possible ever since.
At CRI I found not only a place to row, but also a strong community with a common goal. That community-wide goal is "Rowing for All" and the club is a world-wide leader in inclusion and advocacy.
However, just as important are the personal goals that CRI rowers set day in and day out. At CRI athletes of all ages and abilities, from Olympic and Para Olympic hopefuls to school-aged children to retirees to disabled veterans, are challenged and supported.
My goals: $8,000 and a sub-4 hour marathon. In order to achieve those goals, I'll need your help. Cheers along the route on April 20, 2020 will be especially welcome and, of course, please consider donating what you can.
Follow my progress on instagram @caeden_26.2
Community Rowing Inc.
Community Rowing, Inc. (CRI) was founded in Boston in 1985 by a group of Olympic and National Team rowers who wanted to expand access and increase diversity within the sport of rowing. We are now the largest public access rowing organization in the world with more than 12,000 active participants from the Greater Boston area.
Our mission is “Rowing for All” and we make the sport accessible without regard to individual ability, background, experience, or income. We aim to change lives, from the eighth-grader living with food insecurity who finds new stability and connections at CRI, to adults rediscovering what it means to be on a team, to the student with disabilities who develops confidence and a lifelong love of rowing. CRI is the USRowing Para Training Center, the first national training center for rowers with disabilities in the United States, and we are committed to advancing Para Rowing at all levels. Our programs are transformative, inspiring teamwork and cooperation, self-advocacy and drive, and a deep appreciation for our city.