Beat the Beast – this time it's virtual. 

Official dates:  Saturday, February 6th, and Novice-exclusive racing on Saturday, February 20th
Novice entry due date:  Tuesday, February 16th
Cost:  By donation; all funds will be donated to fund the Sorensen Lab, a childhood cancer research centre. 

Please continue to check Competition Package for updates on Technical Plan and racing protocols.

We will not, unfortunately, be offering any erg sales this year. 

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  • Beat the Beast Supports Childhood Cancer Research

    Consistent with our Core Values here at St. George’s, Beat the Beast offers a great platform to do something very positive for our community.  This year, we're partnering with BC Cancer with the intent to raise money for childhood-through-adolescent cancers.  
    Specifically, we are going to engage our parents, grandparents, friends, and St. George’s community to fund something called the Sorensen Lab at BC Cancer.  The Sorensen Lab is researching the idea of using immunotherapy as an alternative to chemotherapy to fight cancer in young people.  Chemo, unfortunately, kills not only the bad cells in our bodies, but also the healthy cells.  The problem is far more severe in children and young adults than in mature adults, as the chemotherapy arrests or negatively impacts a lot of the development that generally occurs during this stage of a younger person’s life.  The idea is that immunotherapy by way of contrast uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer. The Sorensen Lab will engage in further research to determine how best to activate and suppress the immune system in a sick child’s body.
    The Sorensen Lab is one of the most innovative clinical and laboratory research groups in the world, and we are very fortunate to have them based here in Vancouver.
    Beat the Beast 2021 is only one way that funds will be raised for the Sorenson Lab. Alex Blodgett, Saints parent and BC Cancer board member, will be attempting to row the entire coast of British Columbia in June to raise further funds.
    The Saints Rowing community has been directly affected by childhood cancer and we are excited to contribute to this project and donate our entry fees from Beat the Beast to the Sorenson Lab.  
  • Important Technical Information

    Concept 2 is putting the final touches on their virtual race software.  The software would allow a pm5 monitor to connect to a person's phone (or possibly their computer) without the need for extra wires.  Below are some other important technical details to start to think about to make sure you're prepared for February:
    •  You must have a pm5 monitor.  If you were thinking about upgrading please do ASAP.  Once this software is announced there will be many orders for pm5 monitors!
    • You need the updated erg firmware.  If you update now, the next time you update you will be able to update through your phone with no wires.    
    • You will also need a concept 2 logbook ID.  Go to the Concept 2 logbook sign up page to sign up or sign in.      

General Inquiries

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    Brent Duncan 

    Rowing Coordinator
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