Alexandria to Host 2018 WIRC

37th Annual World Indoor Rowing Championships Scheduled for February

ALEXANDRIA, VA – In early 2018, over 2,500 athletes from around the globe will descend on Alexandria, Virginia, across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital, for the World Indoor Rowing Championships.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the World Indoor Rowing Championships in Alexandria next year,” stated race coordinator Lisa Zickar. “The DMV – the District, Maryland and Virginia –  has a proud history in the sport of rowing.  We’ve held top competitions, and played host to some of the top athletes from up and down the East Coast.  We look forward to holding the World Indoor Rowing Championships in Alexandria and playing host to some of the top rowers from across America and other countries, as well.”

The WIRC will be held in conjunction with the 31st Annual Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints competition at TC Williams High School in Alexandria on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18.  Saturday’s events will feature races for junior rowers, while Sunday’s events will feature races for collegiate, masters, and adaptive rowers.  Zickar noted that the Erg Sprints has been held in Alexandria since 1986 and has grown to become the second largest indoor rowing competition in the world.  She further noted that several popular events from the Erg Sprints – including the marathon and half marathon, 20- and 30-minute races, relays, parent-child races, and 500 meter sprints – will continue to be held.

“ACB is honored that when the WIRC was looking to relocate, Alexandria and the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints was their first choice,” explained Alexandria Crew Boosters President Michael Souza. “I’m sure our success and reputation for running professional and organized events over the years likely contributed to WIRC’s decision to approach ACB about hosting.”

The WIRC is sponsored by Concept2, a leading manufacturer of rowing and other ergonomic products located in Morrisville, Vermont, and has been held in Boston since it began in 1980.

Additional details will be posted at as they are finalized, and registration will begin in mid-October on

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