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MRA holds COVID-19 modified Christmas Eve row

Participants in the MRA 2020 Christmas Eve Row included, from left to right, Sandra Baer, Cole Wheeler, Scarlet Johnson, Mandy Moran, Savannah Hartlove, Lily Baucom, Macy Johnson, Jaxon McDonald, coach Jon Lothian and (not pictured) coach Tim Ulsaker.

As has been the case for most things in 2020, 10 members of the MRA winter training group gathered at Williams Wharf for an unusual COVID-19 version of the 26th annual Christmas Eve row.

Usually a group of around 50 MRA alums and current members gather at Williams Wharf around 8:30 a.m. to boat out, row to the starting line of the race course, and blast back, all in fun.

With current COVID-19 restrictions, coaches Tim Ulsaker and Jon Lothian and eight of the MRA group decided to uphold this tradition with a few new twists.

The row was moved to 7 a.m. to beat the predicted winds and also restricted the row to singles only. The group just barely beat the high winds and waves, watching the weather break as they finished putting ...

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