CRASH-B is considering changing the distance of the CRASH-B Sprints
World Indoor Rowing Championships to 2000 meters from 2500 meters.
Reasons for changing the distance include: (i) bringing the distance into
line with the standard outdoor distance (e.g., people relate better to a
2000m. race comprised of four 500m. segments); (ii) bringing the distance
into line with the distance most clubs, colleges, and national teams are
using for erg testing; (iii) making the races faster and perhaps closer,
enhancing spectator appeal; (iv) allowing the race organizers to run more
races during the same amount of time.
Reasons against changing the distance include: (i) tradition, tradition,
tradition! (e.g., CRASH-B has always been 2500 meters and people relate
the distance to the event); (ii) 2500 meters is an appropriate distance
for winter training because it is longer than the spring racing distance
of 2000 meters; (iii) 2500 meters is harder than 2000 meters and the
World Championships should be tougher; and (iv) CRASH-B is CRASH-B; why
should we change for anybody?
If CRASH-B changes the distance, it is likely that most other indoor
races will follow suit. What do you think? Should CRASH-B go to 2000
meters? Posted by Kurt Somerville, Pres. of CRASH-B on behalf of the
Board of Directors.