Redwood is a special needs Secondary School in the UK. As part of the school's July 3rd celebration day, students were challenged to row around the world on the school's five Concept 2 Indoor Rowers.
Students could row in the challenge as many times and whenever they wanted, with each meter rowed counting as 1 km of the 49,000m journey around the world.
The school's Sports Development Coordinator David Butterworth used RowPro to run the challenge. The challenge was set up as 9,800m Venue Race across five indoor rowers to total the 40,000m around the world.
"Students saw themselves rowing on screen as if they were rowing on rivers, lakes and oceans" said David Butterworth. "This added to their desire to reach their goal."
Alongside RowPro, Google Earth was used to track the students progress through 18 locations: Manchester - Paris - Rome - Istanbul - Jerusalem - Dubai - Beijing - Tokyo - Singapore - Melbourne - Auckland - Cook Islands - Hawaii - San Francisco - Las Vegas - Chicago - New York - London.
The challenge started at 9:30am, and right from the start the students showed their commitment. "The students were phenomenal, constantly aiming for their next destination and being able to view on screen where they were in the world" said David Butterworth. "The determination was incredible; there was not an empty rowing machine all day!"
By 11.00am the progress was outstanding - they had already reached Melbourne and were heading for Auckland. "The students were well and truly up for the monstrous challenge that had been set for them" said David Butterworth. "By 12.20pm they reached their goal."
"They had arrived at London completing 49,000m, a complete voyage around the world. This was an unbelievable achievement for the school as a whole. But the students were not satisfied, they wanted to do the challenge again after a brief lunch break!"
The second voyage commenced at 1pm and was even more ambitious than the first attempt, as the students had less than 100 minutes to row around the world a second time.
Again the students rose to the challenge. The blistering pace continued as they headed for London via a number of exotic locations. During the day the students rowed a collective total of 98,000m - a staggering achievement."
"This is an inspired use of RowPro in a school" said Digital Rowing President Pete Loeffen. "The key ingredient is the organiser. All it takes is for someone to take the initiative to set up an event, challenge or program, and the students do the rest. We congratulate challenge organiser David Butterworth, and we take our hats off to the Redwood students who made the challenge such a resounding success."