The race begins shortly after 8:00 a.m. with a mass start off the Duluth Rowing Club. It follows the scenic St. Louis River and ends near Chambers Grove Park in Fond du Lac. Participants include rowing crews in various rowing shells, i.e., 8’s, quads, doubles, and singles, as well some in kayaks and canoes.
Boats typically finish the distance in 2-3 hours. Awards are given to all finishers with special recognition for first place winners in all categories.
Death Row began as a fun, end-of-the-season row for Duluth crews and evolved to be one of the country’s “most off-beat and interesting rowing races anywhere,” as noted in Regatta Central’s Rowing Almanac.
This year’s event is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, September 19.