This year, we will celebrate the life of TPH athlete and extraordinary human, Henry Zietlow, with a monthlong row challenge. Due to covid, our annual marathon row event will instead become an opportunity to see how many total meters (and subsequent marathons) our whole community can row all together.
Henry Zietlow, son of TPH athletes Sarah Risser and Nathan Zietlow, was an amazing young man that tragically lost his life in January 2019. We remember the time he spent training at our gym and his accomplishments in the sport of rowing with love. Our last cherished memories of Henry included the 2018 12 Days of Christmas workout, and especially the first marathon row event we did the week between Christmas and New Years that year. While every other participant completed the marathon as a team of two or more, Henry was the only person to complete the 42,195 meters as a solo mission. His athleticism, determination, and tenacity stole the show that day. Everyone was in awe of the talented kid taking on this big challenge! Henry was a freshman on the rowing team at Bowdoin and had been tracking his training progress before he left campus for Christmas break (see photo). He had accumulated over 300,000 meters before he got home and was rowing 10-15k a day at his house, plus a half-marathon and the full marathon at TPH. He was a competitive rower who loved the sport, and put hard work in to excel at it. Henry continues to be an inspiration to all of us as we pursue whatever endeavors we choose!
How to Participate this month
Submit the total meters you row at the gym or at home in our google form, which will automatically be added into a total tally. Warmup meters, workout meters, Power Hour meters- it all counts! We will give weekly updates to the progress we are all making together. A meters champion will also be announced at the end of the month! With the challenge, you will see an extra emphasis on rowing in our in-person classes. We’d love to see that total number hit the high six digits! Whether you knew Henry or not, his passion for the sport of rowing and his strong spirit are here to inspire us to greatness this month. Erg away!