STAGING Looking back on the Row to the Moon challenge - British Rowing

Looking back on the Row to the Moon challenge

In conjunction with Rowing Australia, Rowing Canada Aviron and Rowing New Zealand, we invited indoor rowers worldwide to log their training metres with the shared goal of accumulating, as one singular community, 384.4 million metres – the distance from Earth to the Moon. This is how it went!


Taking place between 21-31 May, indoor rowers worldwide submitted their training distances online to contribute towards the communal goal of reaching the moon. By the time the ten days had ticked down, the global community had covered an astounding 51,982,869 metres!

To put that distance into context, it equates to:

  • More than 63 trips to the International Space Station (and back!)
  • 1.2 laps of the equator
  • 4.7 laps around the moon
  • or over 2599 lengths of the Sea Forest Waterway – the host venue for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games

The challenge was also a great celebration of mass-participation, with 1042 entries coming in from 32 different countries worldwide. When it came to global bragging rights, Great Britain headed the leaderboard with 16,320,337 metres covered, although Rowing Australia had the most individual participants with 378 and Peru’s indoor rowers averaged the most distance per person of 179,540 metres.

Full results are available here – well done to all who took part!

If you’re looking for more motivation for your indoor rowing training, check out the British Rowing Virtual Championships –  real-time, side-by-side racing over the weekend of 27-28 June.