Death Row

Aptly named, Death Row is an 18 mile, 25 kilometer, race upstream on the St. Louis River. Held in September, rowers often enjoy the fall colors and cool weather while heading up the river.

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.


Death Row

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