WILLIAMSBURG — Happy Cat Events, a local organization that focuses on fitness coaching and athletic events, is hosting a “Row-A-Thon” at the Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex (WISC) on Dec. 12 to help raise money for Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels this holiday season.
The fitness fundraiser will be open from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the WISC rowing room and is open to participants of all ages and fitness levels.
“Meals on Wheels is inside that building, so we have a special connection with them because of that,” Owner of Happy Cat Events Ellen Alexander said in an interview with WYDaily. “People can come in and just row an hour, or however long they want, and they can donate. They can get people to sponsor them to do a certain amount of meters. For example, we have coaches in the building that are getting their teams to donate. They’ll [the teams] donate a certain amount which will cause their coach to have to row a certain distance.”
Alexander, who also teaches a fitness class at WISC called Total Body Row (TBR), says that this fundraiser event is a great opportunity to introduce newcomers to rowing. She will be present throughout the event and is personally trying to row 50,000 meters throughout the day of the Row-a-thon.
“Total Body Row (TBR) is a row class, but we’re on and off the rower,” said Alexander. “We also do floor exercises and dumbbell exercises along with the rowing. So it’s not just rowing the entire time.”
All proceeds from the upcoming Row-A-Thon will be donated to Meals on Wheels in Williamsburg. The local organization helps combat hunger in the Williamsburg community by providing meals to over 200 people on a daily basis.
The goal of the Row-a-thon is to raise $10,000 for the local organization.
“I will challenge people to do at least 10,000 meters while they’re there. That’s kind of my goal, but you know 5,000 meters is a huge accomplishment,” said Alexander. “It just depends on the person and their fitness level.”
“We’re trying to have a good time, and have some fun,” added Alexander. “The event will have kind of a Christmas theme to it, and we’re also just trying to get as many donations as we can.”
To sign-up, please visit the event’s GoFundMe page. Those interested in participating may also sign up in person by visiting the rowing room at the WISC.
For more information on Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels, visit the organization’s official website.