Duluth Rowing Club Hits the Open Water

By KBJR News 1

July 19, 2014 Updated Jul 19, 2014 at 7:48 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Most days you don't even see them.

"We are kind of invisible down here to a lot of people," said Bonnie Fuller-Kask, Duluth Rowing Club program director.

That's because they practice every weekday in the morning from 8:00 until 10:00 a.m.

For a bunch of high school and college students, that's pretty early.

"I actually get up earlier for rowing than I do for school," said Maddy Fontaine.

That didn't stop more than 90 kids from joining the Duluth Rowing Club for the summer.

What they get in return is one heck of a workout.

"You sit backwards, and you push back with your legs and then lean back and use your arms," said Haley Bock.

"Definitely good cross–training. It's like a total body sport," said Alyssa Diaz.

It's a sport that's open to people of all ages. But no matter how old you are, with it comes a team–first mentality.

"It's a lot of individual technique, but you still have to work as a team," Diaz said.

"Nothing compares to having a good row," Fontaine said. "It's the best feeling in the world. The boat's set and everybody's working together as a team."

Even with the early morning practices and grueling competitions, the water is where they belong.

Just ask Fuller–Kask.

"It's just really fun to be out on the water," Fuller-Kask said. "What a great place to spend the summer for the Duluth kids. Just being outside and we have such a gorgeous place to row. That's beautiful."

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