WESTFIELD, NJ — Money raised from Resolution Row, an indoor rowing race this weekend, will go to pay for equipment and training for the Westfield Crew Team. About 100 people ages 12 and up of all abilities are expected to come out and compete, without having to endure icy temperatures. Some are traveling from as far away as Pennsylvania, according to Tim McAuliffe, the team’s assistant coach and event organizer.

Rowers will compete with rowing machines according to skill level and watch their avatars race across a big screen in real-time races ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 meters. Prizes will be awarded to first place finishers.

For the Westfield Crew Team, “It’s a good test for the rowers as they go through winter training, and it’s also fun,” McAuliffe said.

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The cost to enter is $25 and includes a long-sleeve t-shirt. Registration is open to novice through master rowers, with a youth category beginning at 12 years of age. Beginners are encouraged to participate and will be taught basic rowing technique.

Register online by Jan. 7 by clicking here, or enter at the event. Doors for Resolution Row will open at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, at Washington Elementary School, 900 St. Marks Ave. 

Resolution Row is first race of its kind in the Westfield area and the first for the new non-profit Westfield Indoor Rowing LLC, a 501(c)(3) organization.

“Our mission is to introduce rowing to a wider group of people and generate funds to purchase equipment and additional training for the Westfield Crew Team,” said McAuliffe.