The Annual Cake Race

Friday, January 06, 2017 - By: Emma H’ Allard 18; Photo by Zach L, Ellis '19

After three and a half months of non-stop rowing and erging, as tradition has it, the annual Brentwood Cake Race was held last Friday. Eight crews of nine athletes each, competed against each other on the ergs instead of the water due to the heavy snowfall. Mixed crews were formed from the junior and senior, mens and womens, novice and experienced programs. 

Led by their captains, each team met and erged together on Wednesday, in preparation for Friday’s competition. The captains assigned erging orders and costumes for everyone to dress up in for Friday. 

Wearing a variety of different costumes like golfers or pj’s, these crews weren't dressed in typical Brentwood gear. With cupcakes and awards after the 9x500 meter race, all the rowers gathered around to find out who won interhouse rowing the week before, who was the fastest crew in the Cake Race, and who had the best costumes. 

After the awards, everyone indulged in cupcakes while listening to instructions about Monday, erg excellence day. Monday’s goal was for everyone to put 100% effort into pulling their last erg test of 2016. Mr. Carr's hope was that everyone would have a personal best and go home feeling satisfied with what they did. After a great three and a half months of rowing, it is time for a well-deserved break.

See you on the water in January.

Emma H’ Allard 18

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