Indianapolis Indoor Rowing Championships

  • Hosted By: Indianapolis Rowing Center


Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 11:59PM EST

All competitors are required to submit their best time (or best estimate) for 2000 meters. The race organizers will set up flights that are evenly matched using the times submitted. All competitors must check-in & pay any balance owed at the registration desk prior to their event. Registration will take place at the gymnasium.



  • This is a 500 meter individual sprint race
  • Registration deadline is 9:00am at the registration table on race day, but we encourage you to register online so that we can schedule heats (if needed) accordingly.
  • There will be three events, all with Mens and Womens categories – Masters (35+), Veterans (50+) and Open*. 
  • Winners in each event will win a $50 gift card to Marsh Supermarkets.  All participants MUST have raced in an individual event earlier in the day.

*please note – racing in the open event may compromise your amateur status if you are a junior or collegiate rower – if you win, it is suggested you turn down the prize.


  • This is a team event comprised of 4 individuals (at least 2 women), where each person rows 500m for a total of 2000 meters.  Transition times between rowers are included in your overall time.
  • Registration deadline is 11:00am at the registration table on race day, but we encourage you to register your team online so that we can schedule heats (if needed) accordingly. 
  • The overall fastest team will win a new Concept2 Model D erg.  Relay teams without the correct gender balance are encouraged to race, but will not qualify for the erg.


  • The Women’s Masters Novice race is the featured Indy SurviveOars event, and a portion of the entry fees to this event will go towards the Indy SurviveOars organization. 
  • This non-profit organization is run by a group of volunteers who are breast cancer survivors and others who are committed to the cause of breast cancer. 
  • They are estimated to be the 50th breast cancer Dragon Boat team to launch in the U.S.
  • Check their website for more information –
  • All adult women in their first year of rowing are invited to participate in this event – your entry fee will go towards a great cause

Entry Fees:

Entry fees are $25/person and each pre-registrant will receive a race T-shirt – please note your size when you register.  The registration fee increases to $30 the day of the event.  Those registering the day of are not guaranteed a t-shirt (we are only ordering 150). Entry fees entitle the registrant to race as many times as she/he wants. We encourage payments be made online via RegattaCentral, but cash or check will be welcome at the door the day of.  Checks can be made payable to: IRC  (Mailing address - PO Box 53223, Indianapolis, IN  46253)


Per standard practice at other regattas, no refunds will be made after the registration deadline for events cancelled due to conditions beyond the control of IRC. Legitimate refunds will be processed & mailed out after the regatta.


NO REFUNDS for changes/scratches after the entry deadline. Scratches submitted after the entry deadline forfeit the fees.


MOST RACES are 2000 meters in length except for the:

Masters Novice races

Adaptive races

Row Indy races

Youth/Open Coxswain races

*These races will be 1000 meters

All competitors must have a signed IRC waiver on file. Competitors under age 18 must have a parent or guardian's signature. The Indianapolis Indoor Rowing Championships is a “finals only” race. Events with more than 10 entrants will be run in flights. The fastest overall time from these flights will determine the event champion. No heats will be run.  All races will be held on Concept2 Model D ergs. Concept2 provides the electronic timing system used for this satellite regatta. The performance of each racer can be viewed on a screen during each event.

The race organizers reserve the right to:

v Change the tentative schedule of events

v Combine events that have less than 20 registered participants

v Limit the number of events or flights

v Suspend the use of the Concept2 electronic timing system and replace it with a manually timed system.

v Adjust final race time and schedule based on total number of athletes entered

v Accelerate the schedule of events by up to 15 minutes

Check In:

All competitors or coaches must check-in at the registration table located in the gymnasium lobby under the red tent prior to their event. Competitors should plan to be at the International School of Indiana at least 1½ hours before their scheduled race.

Lightweight Weigh-Ins:

All weigh-ins must be completed at least one hour before the scheduled event. Weigh-in opens at 8:00am and closes at 11:00am. As this is a C.R.A.S.H.-B. qualifier, guidelines will be in effect:

Men 165 pounds

Women 135 pounds

Note: For those who may potentially not make weight, be aware of the schedule for an alternate event. It is the responsibility of the competitor to change into an event for which he or she is qualified. Race organizers will attempt to accommodate any lightweight competitor who fails to make weight.

Warm-up and Race Preparation:

A fleet of ergs will be available for warm-ups. They will be separate from the racing ergs. Please come to the on-deck area, dressed (you must wear shirt/shorts or unisuit), properly warmed up and ready to race. Please limit your warm-up to a maximum of 15 minutes in order to give everyone a chance to warm up. Rowers may not use the ergs designated for racing as warm up ergs. Competitors may set their drag factor (fan setting) and heel heights of their assigned racing ergometer to the setting of their choice, but may not alter these settings after the race has started. Competitors may not otherwise alter the machine.

On Deck (Mandatory Pre-Race Instructions):

Competitors must allow sufficient time to weigh-in (if lightweight), warm-up and be in the on-deck area at least five (5) minutes before their event. Failure to be in this area five (5) minutes before the start of your race may:

v Result in you missing important last minute information

v Potentially cause a delay in the race schedule

v Result in you not being able to compete


A city paramedic will be set up to deal with on-site emergencies. They will be in the main competition area. Anyone who feels ill or thinks they may need EMS attention should go to the paramedic. Coaches are asked to be mindful about the following:

v Athletes who are fighting a flu or a cold should not compete

v Athletes should eat a meal two or three hours before competing

v Athletes should stay hydrated



Open - No age or weight restrictions. High school competitors are not allowed (except for the Dash for Cash event)

Open Novice - No age or weight restrictions. A novice is considered anyone in their first year of rowing who has not rowed in any organized regatta (indoor or on the water) prior to last year's race. High school competitors are not allowed

Junior – Restricted to competitors in high school (or lower grade)

Junior Novice - A junior competitor in their first year of rowing who has not rowed in any organized regatta (indoor or on the water) prior to last year's race

Masters - Ages 30 to 49. No handicapping

Veterans/Golden Eagle - Ages 50 and up. This category will only be handicapped if we receive any entries for 70 years and up. If handicaps are used, medals will be awarded to the best handicapped scores (men and women). Handicaps will be as follows:

Ages 91-99: 7 seconds per year over 90, plus

Ages 81-90: 6 seconds per year over 80, plus

Ages 71-80: 5 seconds per year over 70, plus

Ages 61-70: 4 seconds per year over 60

Coxswain (Cox) – Must primarily be a coxswain and coxed within the past year

Adaptive – Any rower having a disability leading to a permanent and verifiable activity limitation

Ages - Calculated as of race day. This is standard with C.R.A.S.H.-B.’s

Relay – (see rules below)

Lightweight – (see weigh-in procedures above)



The erg relay race is offered to participants of the Indoor Rowing Championships as a chance to win a NEW CONCEPT2 MODEL D erg as well as bragging rights for their school or organization.

2012 Champions:  Purdue University

2011 Champions: Indianapolis Rowing Center Masters

2010 Champions: Indianapolis Rowing Center Masters

2009 Champions: Indianapolis Rowing Center Masters

v Erg relay teams wishing to win the erg must be made up of 2 male and 2 female participants. This group must represent a single high school, college, club, or corporate organization. An organization may enter up to three separate teams.

v Composite entries are allowed, as are teams with an unequal number of male and female participants, but these teams are ineligible to win the erg.

v  Participants do NOT have to race in an individual event earlier in the day.

Rules of Racing:

The erg relay race will follow the established erg race championship format, with the following obvious exceptions:

v Each participant will race 500 meters for a total of 2000 meters.

v Each team may choose the order of participants.

v The lead off rower begins seated on the machine.

v Each rower must complete his or her 500 meter piece before the next teammate may approach the handle.

v When finished with the 500 meters, each rower must secure the handle against the machine, or hand the handle to the next rower directly. ONLY THIS TEAMMATE may touch, pull, or advance the handle during his or her allotted 500 meter section.

v The coxswain may sit or stand alongside the rower, and offer any strategy or encouragement, but maynot otherwise assist, except to secure the foot stretchers of the transitioning athlete. Teammates may hold onto the rower’s feet, but may not touch the handle.

v Teams may adjust the damper during the transition period.

v Teams do not have to be in matching uniforms.



There will be plenty of good food available. Please support these booths! Menus and prices will be posted at the event. There are also locker rooms for changing into your uniforms.  Bags may be stored in the gymnasium or along the wall of the hallway.


A Brick will be award to the 1st place finisher in all individual 2k/1k events.  The Dash for Cash winners receive a $50 gift card to Marsh Supermarkets.  The winning mixed relay team wins a brand new Concept2 Model D erg.