The University of California, San Diego Women’s Crew began the San Diego Row for the Cure in 2001 after losing an alumna, Lori Ann Uptegrove, and a Triton family member, Joyce Snyder, to breast cancer over the summer of 2001. Beginning with local teams and a few kayakers, the event has grown over the years to include all forms of human powered craft.

Participants grab their oars and paddles to row their way through a 4.5 kilometer course through Mission Bay, passing by the water side of Sea World, around Vacation Island and Paradise Point, finishing just North of Ski Beach.

All entry fees and donations benefit Komen San Diego to support free services for every step of the breast cancer journey, which includes education, outreach, free mammograms, financial assistance for living expenses, food assistance, transportation and more.