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Midwinter Meltdown

Beginning in 2019 Mendota Rowing Club will no longer host the Midwinter Meltdown.  Thank you to all the volunteers and participants over the years who have made this a successful event.

2018 Midwinter meltdown (World Indoor Rowing Championship Qualifier)

Thanks to everyone who came out for Midwinter Meltdown! It was a great day of racing with participants of all ages from a dozen clubs and 5 states!

World Record
Congratulations to Andrew Benko who set a NEW WORLD RECORD for heavyweight men, ages 50-54, with a 2k time of 6.06.1!

Verified by Concept 2, he bested the previous record, set in 1998, by 1.6 seconds, and impressed all of us.

More WIRC Qualifiers
Congrats as well to our three other participants who qualified for free transportation to the World Indoor Rowing Championships in February: Veteran B rowers Betsy Marden and Hal Carlson and Junior rower Delaney Evans!

All results are posted on Regatta Central


Join us in January 20th for the 2018 Midwinter Meltdown at Porter Boathouse, UW-Madison, 680 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI.

Events include 1000m, 2000m, 6000m and relays.

All events will be rowed on Concept2 Model D ergometers.

Up to four competitors who qualify will receive air transportation to compete in the 2018 World Indoor Rowing Championships on February 17-18, 2018, in Alexandria, Virginia. Check here for qualifying times

Register here

Registration closes Jan. 17; walk-ins accepted on a space-available basis.

Heat Sheets will be posted on Jan. 19 with an updated schedule.

Entry Fees
The cost per participant is a flat fee of $30 which entitles each rower to race unlimited events. For example if a rower is entered into 3 events or just 1 event, the entry fee is the same -- $30.

10 or more participants registered together by Jan. 17 you receive a 10% discount.

Registration deadline is Jan. 17. Walk-ins will be accepted on the 20th on a space available basis, at the cost of $40.

More Information
Download our regatta information packet for more details and the waiver form.

622 E Gorham St
Madison, WI

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