Austin Rowing Club hosts world’s longest rowing shell for breast cancer fundraiser

It took 24 rowers from the Austin Rowing Club to operate the 144-foot long rowing shell.

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Austin Rowing Club, in partnership with Pulling for Pink hosted the world’s longest rowing shell Saturday to fundraise for the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Austin.

The event took place Saturday afternoon on the waters of Lady Bird Lake with rowers taking five flights in the Stampfli Express, a 144-foot rowing shell that weighs just less than half a ton at 926 pounds. It took 24 rowers from the club to operate the shell.

Pulling for Pink works to raise money for breast cancer patients, along with helping to get them the support they need after diagnosis.

“I was diagnosed in 2013, and through the wonderful and loving support of my rowing friends made it through a journey that unfortunately a lot of women go through alone,” said Angela Houltz, the founder of Pulling for Pink.

Spectators at the event donated $25 per seat as they watched the rowers from the Waller Creek Boathouse, and Pulling for Pink had items for sale as well.

All proceeds for the event will be donated fully to Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Austin. As of Saturday more than $30,000 had been raised and donated by the Austin Rowing Club and local Austin rowing community.

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