Row your heart out for brain cancer

We are challenging rowing teams from all around the world to give heart and brawn to raise much needed funds for childhood brain cancer: the #1 cancer killer of young people.

Hosted by the Robert Connor Dawes (RCD) Foundation, Connor's Erg is a virtual 100km Erg challenge that started between rowing teams at Universities across the United States and has now expanded to the top rowing squads around the world.

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This Year's Challengers

Raised So Far

Funds raised in the US will support pediatric research projects at Lucille Packhard Children’s Hospital, University of Wisconsin, Dana Farber in Boston, and more. If your school is involved with Connors Erg and has pediatric brain cancer research projects we can work with you to direct funds you raise to your school’s projects.

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*Funds raised in both the US & Australia

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100km Erg challenge - MEN

Marist- 4:54:57- Winner, 2020 Connor’s Cup

Wisconsin- 5:00:42

Syracuse- 5:06:26.5

Colgate- 5:29:35.8


100km Erg Challenge - WOMEN 

Princeton Openweight- 5:52:25.6 Winner, 2020 Connor’s Cup

Wisconsin Openweight- 6:00:45

Colgate- 6:21:54


100km Erg Challenge - LIGHTWEIGHT WOMEN 

Princeton Lightweight-6:30:55- Winner, 2020 Connor’s Cup

Wisconsin Lightweight- Finished but unfortunate timing issues prevented accurate calculation          


Other Challenges

MIT (combined women and men)- 7 athletes did 60km on the erg + 140km on the bikes for a total of 130km 

Duke women - each athlete completed 100km on the erg over 10 days

UVA - combined women and men “cardio party”



Highest team total: Wisconsin: $10,891.00 

Highest per capita results: Colgate Women $4,526.00

Rowing teams are encouraged to pick a suitable day and time during February 2022. The event is traditionally done in relay fashion from the college's own venue, however we understand the world has changed and this may not be possible for all schools and teams. So we encourage you to set your own challenge in 2022 and row your own way, any day. The one thing that hasn't changed is brain cancer is still the #1 cancer killer of young people in the US. Thank you for helping us change those odds

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Connor's Erg Challengers 

Meet the teams past and present who have given brains, heart & brawn for brain cancer

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Spirited Connor

Connor was Wisconsin born (1994) but Australian raised (2000-2013). Apart from academics which he easily excelled at, his passion was rowing. He began rowing at 14 as a student at Brighton Grammar School in Melbourne Australia.

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