Rowing is a unique sport that requires hard work and dedication, but the rewards for this work are tremendous. Rowing provides one of the best workouts in terms of calories used per hour, with nearly 150 calories more than running 10 miles per hour, rowing is one of the few athletic activities that involves all of the body’s major muscle groups. It is a great aerobic workout, in the same vein as cross-country skiing, and is a low-impact sport on the joints.
Smoky Mountain Rowing Center (SMRC), a member of US Rowing, was founded in 2004 by Maryville native and businessman Roger Hubbard to provide individuals and the community with a rare opportunity to participate in the wonderful sport of rowing. SMRC focuses on developing rowing techniques in conjunction with general fitness and strength.
The club meets at a boathouse on Louisville Rd. on Ft. Loudoun Lake and offers recreational and competitive adult crews for members of all ages. SMRC is dedicated to helping members get exactly what they want out of rowing whether it be exercise, fun, competition, or meeting lifelong friends and teammates.
In 2006, Roger Hubbard started the first female high school crew at Maryville High School, giving this junior crew a chance at earning future college scholarships. A male crew was added in 2008, then making the team a co-ed program. To allow for future expansion in all programs, the East Tennessee Rowing Organization (ETRO) was created to promote growth. Funding for ETRO is generated by membership dues, donations by team members, and parents.
In January 2012, East Tennessee Rowing Organization was granted its 501 (c)(3) not for profit status. This new chapter in the life of ETRO will now allow us to give something back to our faithful supporters. As a not for profit, charitable donations to ETRO will continue to help our programs expand the sport of rowing throughout Eastern Tennessee. ETRO encourages all parties interested in getting involved to contact with us immediatley. We need your support!!!