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Head Of The Charles 2010

October 23, 2010 by staff 

Head Of The Charles 2010, After 46 years the race has not only served as an intersection for a large part of the world of rowing, as nearly 8,000 athletes from around the world descended on Cambridge each fall, but he also came to serve crossroads for the latest Harvard, present, and, ultimately, the future.

In an event that became a family event at the head of Charles the eight races of 2010 Alumnae crew Radcliffe will witness its predecessors man their boats once more in a race for the Charles.

The alumni will be represented by two teams, one team will be composed of nine former who have graduated within the past 10 years, while a second team will consist of nine former executives, who are 50 to 70 years.

And in what promises to be an exciting race, former Radcliffe rowers will again drive their own files and some of their old rivals down the course of 3.1 mile on the Charles.

For many alumni participating in tomorrow’s race, the Head of the Charles is a result of a lifetime of the crew. Some former athletes have added to their inheritance Radcliffe crew took their talents to Olympic level, while others have had their post-graduate experience shaped by the crew in one way or another.

The experiences of individuals like Nelia Newell ’79, who rowed for Radcliffe and is the mother of Captain Newell Will Newell and sophomore Alex-two members of the lightweight men’s team to enhance the sustainable impact of the Radcliffe crew on its athletes. For Newell, the crew has not only become a familiar element of his personal life through his two sons, she has become a central issue in his professional life as well. After graduation, Newell has taken a position as coach of the crew of the Winsor School, a school for girls, “Boston-based private school. But this weekend, the former student of talent is ready to return to the water itself.

“First of all, you’re like,” 30 years goes, this is great! “, Says Newell. Then, about six moves later, you’re like, “What in the world I think I am? “It’s fun. It is also very useful when coaching high school kids, because it’s something they can look at and go, ‘Oh, my coach still racing, my parents still race, this is not just something for high school or college kids, this is a sport for life. Being an athlete is not something that ends when you’re 25. ”

While many alumni race this weekend may not have taken the crew in their careers, older eight races have yet other meanings to them.

“The Head of the Charles race is a truly unique, at least for the rowing community,” said Radcliffe graduate of Sarah Moore ’09 crew. “It’s about the thrill of competition, but for us, the graduates, it is equally, if not more, of a meeting than a race. That’s a great race that everybody almost made an effort to return, and for me it’s just [one] to see former teammates and friends, it will be about 3.1 miles rowing. ”

Knit camaraderie that fosters rowing between past and present members of the crew Radcliffe has also created a high level of support and participation in the network former crew.

Despite being spread across the country and the world, many within the black community and white to find ways to help financially and pay.

“There’s a proud tradition of being a student at Radcliffe crew program,” Moore says. “I think the old Radcliffe are very interested in keeping track of how the current team is, because that’s part of your life when you are in school … We have both benefited from the largesse the former in my years. They paid for travel to Florida each year, which allowed us to get out of Boston and get in a short time to row. So when you get yourself a former student, it’s something you think about a lot to give back to this program. ”

As another leader of the race is close to Charles, and as former athletes and prepare once more for another run through Cambridge, which is striking to many is the seemingly ephemeral nature of time.

“All of a sudden you’re rowing the same person behind you ranks behind four years in college, and it’s fun,” said Newell. “You do not really train for it. But you get up on the starting line with your oars in black and white, and you’re coming to BU [boathouse] start with the saying, “Radcliffe, you’re on the course.” And it’s like 30 years gone. “

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