Stay tuned for more information about IceMelt Erg Challenge 2023!

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Open to all ages, abilities and experience levels; individuals are invited to participate using an ergometer (rowing machine) hooked up to state-of-art software. This makes the rower feel as if they are racing against the other participants!

Even if you do not have experience rowing on the water, we encourage you to participate — it’s a fun way to kick off the season!


2016 Nancy Beaton 7:24.1 Barry Carew 6:33.5
2017 Amanda Hancock 7:32.0 Alex Brandt 6:35.7
2018 Lindsay Holwell 7:17.3* Derek McDonald 6:27.2
2019 Alison Jones 7:19.6 Nick Duke 6:19.0*
2020 Stephanie Lagace 3:45.4** Frank Norris 3:12.9**

* Denotes a record
**Denotes a change in distance – 1000m vs. 2000m

IMPORTANT: NEW REQUIREMENT for the 2023 rowing season.

ALL COACHES, COXSWAINS and TEAM MANAGERS who are participating with a team (registered or as a spare), where a member is under the age of 19 are now required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check.

We are aligning ourselves with the safety and best practices of other sporting organizations by implementing this mandatory requirement. This is pertinent as coaches, coxswains and team managers are in a position of authority and are entrusted with the well-being of youth or vulnerable person(s).

Please send an e-mail to [email protected] to request your organization letter for the Vulnerable Sector Check Fee Exemption.

  1. Registration deadline TBD
  2. Entry fee is $30 (PLUS HST) per athlete.
  3. Registration WILL NOT be accepted on Event Day.
  4. All entries must be submitted using the registration form.
  5. You MUST complete a 2023 waiver to be eligible to participate.
  6. All coaches, coxswains and team managers responsible for a participant under 19 must complete a vulnerable sector check.
  7. Payment must be made via email transfer to [email protected].
  8. Scratches received after April 26, 2023 at midnight will forfeit entry fees without a suitable medical reason. 
9:00 a.m. CHECK IN
*You should register at least 60 minutes before your race
10:00 a.m. Racing Begins!
1:00 pm (approx.) Event ends
Age Category Distance Age Description
Squirt (U14) 500m 10 to 13 as of December 31
Junior (15) 1000m 13 to 14 as of December 31
Juvenile (U18) A 1000m 15 to 17 as of December 31
Juvenile (U18) B 2000m 15 to 17 as of December 31
Intermediate (U21) A 1000m 18 to 20 as of December 31
Intermediate (U21) B 2000m 18 to 20 as of December 31
Senior A 1000m 21 to 40 as of December 31
Senior B 2000m 21 to 40 as of December 31
Master A 1000m 41 and up as of December 31
Master B 2000m 41 and up as of December 31


Please sign your waiver and send it to [email protected] OR, bring it with you on event day. You WILL NOT be permitted to row, if you have not submitted a waiver.

Waiver Form


#IceMeltErg Registration will close on April 22, 2022 . Please visit our registration page to submit your registration and pay your fee.

2023 Ice MeltErg Indoor Rowing Challenge

Vulnerable Sector Check

Are you a COACH, COXSWAIN and/or TEAM MANAGER with a team/participant, where a member is under the age of 19? You are now required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check.


  • Check in
  • Warm up
  • Racing
  • Finish
  • Other
  • Check-in begins at 8:00AM in the lower lobby of the Boathouse.
  • Please provide your name and proof of age identification upon registration.
  • Pre-Registration is MANDATORY.
  • Stretch and warm up prior to racing!
  • Five minutes prior to your race you will be called to stand behind your assigned ergometre.
  • When your lane is free, you may sit on the erg and continue your warm-up.
  • Listen to ALL instructions from the starter.
  • Competitors may use the damper setting of their own choice.
  • Do not touch the monitor on the rowing machine — ask the Lane Official to make any adjustments you may need.
  • Race Start Procedures: At the start of the countdown, all participants should be sitting still, with the flywheels not moving. The computer can detect the movement and will wait until all flywheels have stopped.
  • If the electronic countdown is not available, the start will be a verbal command from “Sit-Up, Ready,… Row.’
  • If someone begins before the ‘ROW’ command, the system will alert a “False Start” and the participant will be identified by lane.
  • In the first instance the participant will be given a warning.
  • In the event of two “False Starts” by the same participant, that participant may be disqualified.
  • If there is equipment breakdown or a signal connection failure identified in the first 250m of the race, the race will be stopped, the equipment repaired and the race will be restarted.
  • If equipment breaks after the 250m mark, the race will not be stopped.
  • If you require medical attention at any point, please contact a race official. There are first aid services on-site.
  • Each rower is permitted to have a coach to accompany them in the race area, during their event.
  • Participants are to remain on the erg until all participants have finished racing, unless directed so by an official or for medical reasons.
  • Participants may not touch the monitors until their results have been recorded by an official
  • Earbuds/headphones and other electronic equipment is strictly prohibited.
  • Spectators must remain outside of the race area.
  • Only officials and participants are permitted in the race area.