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.

Death Row 2021

This year the event will be held on a 12 mile course either on Lake Superior or Superior Bay, depending on wind direction.   The race will both start and end at the Duluth Rowing Club located on Park Point in Duluth Minnesota.    The course is straight but requires buoy turns to reverse direction.   Participants include racing crews in all types of rowing shells, singles, doubles, quads, fours, eights, even octuplets and some canoes and kayaks.   There will be a mass start of boats.  There are awards for all finishers.    This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, September 19th.   Start time is 8:30 AM.

COVID-19 Safety

Because of current concern with spreading the COVID-19 virus, only rowers who have been fully vaccinated with one of the COVID-19 vaccines will be allowed to participate in Death Row.   We don’t want the event living up to its name.   Masks must be worn by participants and spectators while on Duluth Rowing Club property.   However, once boats are launched masks can be removed for the actual race.

The entry deadline is Friday, September 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.  THIS YEAR RACE DAY REGISTRATION IS NOT POSSIBLE.


Death Row

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