In Sarasota, Florida, Nathan Benderson Parks, history began with the construction of Interstate 75 back in 1968-70. Dirt removed to help build the Interstate left over a 400 acre lake. Today the 600 acre park offers residents a 3 mile bike/walking trail around the lake, a playground, picnic area, fishing and a first class venue for Rowing Competitions. In late September over 900 rowers from 69 countries arrived to participate in the 2017 World Rowing Championships. I spent several hours with a friend one afternoon for “My First Visit To a Rowing Competition”.
I was impressed with this world class event and witnessed one race right after another. The award ceremonies were similar to the Olympics with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals complete with the playing of the winning competitors national anthem.
The winner of this male single event blew away all of the competitors crossing the finish line with ease.