DIRECTOR:  Irene Lysenko
ASSISTANTS:  Meghan Saunders, Terry Jenner, Karen Brown, Alice Wind, Kay Denton
COVID19 POLICY: Please refer to our COVID19 policy by clicking here 


In an effort to fulfill our mission of fostering worldwide peace, health and friendship, we are excited to announce, on our 36th anniversary, the Friendship Festival. We invite all athletes and their friends, volunteers, sponsors and community members to join us for six nights of food, fun, entertainment and friendship. The festival will provide flexibility for participants to attend at their convenience on any or all nights of what is sure to be a new favorite opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones regardless of your sport.

EVENTS: 2000m, 5000m, 2000m Relay Partnership (500m per athlete)
Friday, Oct. 20 - 2000m - 9:00AM
Saturday, Oct. 21 - 5000m - 9:00AM
Saturday, Oct. 21 - 2000m 4 person Partnership Relay - 2:00PM
VENUE: Dixie Convention Center - Entrada Room
DIVISIONS:  50+,55+,60+,65+,70+,75+,80+,85+,90+,95+,100+
Lightweight: Women 135 or less, Men 165 or less
Partnership: Combined Ages of 200+, 220+, 240+, 260+, 280+, 300+, 320+

SPORT FEE: $10 per event
Early Bird Deadline (Save $20) – August 1
Final Registration Deadline – September 1
  • Rowers must compete under their own names. Use of pseudonyms or other false identification will lead to disqualification and a possible lifetime ban from participation in future Huntsman Indoor Rowing Championship (HIRC) events.
  • Entrants are not permitted to compete in place of friends or teammates. There are no entry substitutions for liability reasons.
  • All rowers are responsible to check the official race time for their event, as of race day.
  • All competitors must wear a shirt to cover their torso and shorts while on the event floor. Uni-suits, bodysuits, all-in-ones are also allowed.
  • Rowers may set the drag factor BEFORE their races begin, but may not adjust the setting during the race itself. Doing so will lead to disqualification. This is the Charley Butt rule.
  • Due to safety concerns, use of headphones during the competitions is strongly discouraged.
  • The use of performance enhancing drugs is not permitted.
  • Competitors and spectators are not allowed to bring food into the rowing arena. Additionally, food consumption is NOT allowed on the competition floor.
  • All competitors will row on Concept2  Ergometers with PM3+ monitors.
  • BatLogic footplates are not allowed on the competition floor due to scheduling restrictions and ensuring that all athletes have consistent equipment on which to race.
  • Qualification times are not required by the HIRC. The event is open to all competitors regardless of experience/skill levels.
  • The Format for the HIRC Sprints is “finals only.” Competitors will be seeded based upon their age. Keep in mind if events are large enough to require multiple heats to accommodate all athletes, The best overall time will win each event.
  • All entrants must be 50+ in the year 2023 in order to compete. No exceptions.
  • Physical contact between athletes and coxswains/coaches is not allowed while racing. Violators will be asked to leave the competition floor.
Medals:  Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each event for each age division.  Medals will be presented at the completion of each event. The director reserves the right to combine age groups if there are less than 4 in an age group.