Wednesday, July 24, 2013

It's CROW time again!

Canoe Races of the World, also known as C.R.O.W., is a beloved, annual Cast Member event that dates back to 1963. Scores of Disney Cast Members arrive at Magic Kingdom before sunrise each July to participate! About 80 teams (each has 10 people on board) compete on the Rivers of America in the Magic Kingdom before the parks open in canoes that were part of the original Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes attraction. Teams that row around Tom Sawyer’s Island with the best times, averaging around five minutes, advance to the finals and get a chance to race against the clock in a championship round.

Last year we came in at just over 7 minutes. Not fast enough to place, but a very respectable first-time performance. (link here!). This year we had two boats and were really committed to training to improve our performance...I'm towards the front of the boat in the white visor...paddles up!

Watching the sun come up over the castle is just amazing :)

My boat buddies...
In the end we were just 12 seconds away from qualifying and over a minute faster than last year!

Which just goes to show that rowing is like anything else - practice makes perfect. So now back to some more running - I need to defeat this heat!

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