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Breaking the ice

Victoria Morrell, whose daughter, Maggie, has been an avid rower since she was a middle schooler in Bethlehem Central, said her now-12th-grade rower is looking forward to the Ice Breaker and will actually be participating " on land.

"She's excited," Morrell said. "She's been recruiting at the high school, trying to get many of the students involved to run in the club."

Maggie Morrell was one of eight rowers (six of the BC students) who secured the state championship last year for girls eight-person rowing. They're hoping to repeat that success later this year.

The ARC also holds a regatta, the Head of the Hudson, in September. This year's event will be a special one, as it marks the group's 25th year.

The Ice Breaker Challenge steps off at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 26, from the ARC Boathouse at the Hudson River Corning Preserve, and runners will follow the bike path through the preserve. For more information and to register, visit www.albanyrowingcenter.org.

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