Hydrow presents: Race on the Charles 2022

Marie Le Hur
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Every October, thousands travel to Boston to cheer on the rowers competing in the Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR), one of rowing’s most celebrated races and the world’s largest multi-day rowing event.  Many of our very own Athletes will be racing in this year’s event, and we can’t wait to watch them compete.  This year, you’re invited to row alongside the Hydrow community in our third annual Race on the Charles. During this special workout, you’ll join Hydrow Athletes as they race the HOCR course together, piloted by three-time Olympian and coxswain Mary Whipple. After completing the race, you’ll earn a limited-edition badge – and bragging rights as a competitor in this historic rowing event.

Race on the Charles 2022 will be available in your on-demand library starting Wednesday, October 19th at 5 am ET until Wednesday, October 26th at 8 pm ET. Filter your Workout Style for Race on the Charles and look for the workout with the badge! Complete the row during this window to earn your badge.  You’ll find race results posted on the Hydrow blog a few days after the race ends!

Get ready for race day

Beginning October 5th, when you filter your Workout Style by Race on the Charles, you can also find workout recommendations from our team to help you prep for race day. While it’s not necessary to train for Race on the Charles, these workouts can help you feel your best on the course!

We also sat down with Hydrow Athlete Aisyah Rafaee to get some tips for how to get in the right headspace for Race on the Charles. See what she had to say.

We can’t wait for you to experience this one-of-a-kind row with our Hydrow Athletes. We’ll see you on the water for this iconic Boston race!

Have questions about HOCR or the Race on the Charles? We’ve got answers.

What is the Race on the Charles? 

The Race on the Charles is a nearly 19-minute Drive workout featuring Hydrow Athletes and renowned coxswain Mary Whipple. Think of the coxswain like the coach of the boat, and the person who gives you cues during your race. Race on the Charles is a special opportunity for you to experience the official HOCR course with our Athletes and your fellow Hydrow teammates. 

How long will this race be available?

The race will be available in the on-demand library from Wednesday, October 19th at 5 am ET to Wednesday, October 26th at 8 pm ET. To earn the limited-edition badge and see your results on the Hydrow blog, you must complete the race within this window. 

Where can I find Race on the Charles 2022? 

Select “Workout Style” in the on-demand library, and filter by “Race on the Charles.” Using this filter, you’ll also find workout recommendations from our team to help you prep for the race. 

What can I do to prepare for the race?

If you’d like to add some race prep workouts into your routine in the days leading up to the event, we’ve got you covered! Filter your Workout Style by “Race on the Charles” to find workouts our team has selected to help you physically and mentally prepare for race day.

Do I have to row this workout like a race?

No! Feel free to make this event as competitive as you would like, or just take it easy. This workout is an opportunity for you to celebrate with the Hydrow community and enjoy the energizing feeling of rowing with a team. Completing the workout itself is an accomplishment! 

When will the race results become available? 

You can expect the race results on the blog a few days after the end of the race. You can complete the race as many times as you’d like while it’s available, but only your top meters score will be included in the final standings. 

We’ll provide both full-race standings as well as standings broken down by age/gender so you can see how you stack up against others in your bracket. 

Even though this is a race, there will be no additional prize for winning your bracket. Everyone who participates during the race weekend will earn a special badge celebrating their participation.

What if I am away from my Hydrow? Will I be able to do this workout another time? 

We’ll re-publish the Race on the Charles workout to our demand library on Sunday, October 30th so you can complete it anytime. Only members who complete the race between 5 am ET on Wednesday, October 19th and 8 pm ET on Wednesday, October 26th will be eligible to earn a badge and have their results posted on the Hydrow blog.

Can I participate in the race if I have a Hydrow Digital Basic membership?

While you will still be able to complete the row in the mobile app and earn a badge for your efforts, your stats will not count towards the leaderboard. 

I don’t have my age and/or gender visible. Will my meters still count on the leaderboard?

Your meters will definitely still count towards your progress, and you will be included in the full-race standings. In order to be included in the broken-down standings, both your gender and your age range must be included. 

Is there a special Facebook group for this race?

The Hydrow Training Camp Facebook group is the best place to cheer on other Members (and engage in some healthy competition!). Challenge some familiar faces on the leaderboard and see how you stack up against the rest of the community.