Classmate Sets World Record (continued)

racking up 180,424 meters (112.11 miles).

“Real rowers” in Yale ’62, Jan, a former Marine, says, “like Mike Kane, Brian McCauley, and Jack McCredie, “will laugh up their sleeves at such a distance, but for me it was kind of a bucket list deal — achieving a world record in anything before the lights go out. It was also, most assuredly, my last hurrah athletically as I’m damned sure never going to do it again.”

Prompted by two old pals who are former Navy SEALs, Jan put himself in an “ultra-distance” event. “The rower rows on the machine as far as he or she can in a continuous 24-hour period. Breaks are permissible, but some distance must be rowed during each clock hour of the 24-hour record period. The guy immediately above me in the photo, Steven Frisk, is one of the two former SEALs who put me up to this. He was just about to turn 69 when he did his row last July. I believe he was born on planet Krypton.”

The company has sponsored rowing contests on the C2 over the past 15-20 years for all manner of distances or times, Jan says. Records (world records, indeed) are validated, kept, and posted on its website, categorized by gender, weight class, and age group. Those interested, “especially to see the distances the young bucks from places like the UK, Finland, Denmark, South Africa, et al, put up,” can click on the link to the C2 24-hour row website:

Ed note: if you’re in to endurance yourself or just admire it, click here to check out our website story about Don Metz’s high-endurance cross-country grind on a bicycle.

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  • george fintan mcevoy December 28, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    anyone know how to get in touch with old friend Brian McCauley??

  • Bill Wheeler April 18, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Congratulations, Jan. Not only on your heroic achievement, but on the fact that you look like you’re about 45 years old. Maybe they’re related.
    Best to you, Bill Wheeler, the one from Branford.

  • Jan Greer February 18, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    I am bound also to point out the guy seated behind me in the picture, on the right, is Bill Belding, Yale ’67. Bill was a Navy ROTC guy at Yale, as was I, a member of the Yale swimming team, and a Navy SEAL for five years after graduating from Yale including three tours in Vietnam. Bill is a great friend of mine down here on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and currently a professor at American University’s School of International Service where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in International Relations, Insurgencies, Asymmetric Warfare, and Failed States. For my sins, Bill introduced me to Steve Frisk, the guy on the left, a living legend in the SEAL teams who put me up to this less-than-entirely-sane enterprise.

  • Charles Merlis February 18, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Congratulations Jan. I appreciate that effort. About a year and a half ago, I started sporadically using a rowing machine. I usually only row for 10 minutes and about 1790 meters. My main effort is running but I’ve come to love the rowing machine. And I have a wonderful side benefit. I now shovel snow without my arms getting tired (unless, of course, it’s the part of the driveway and sidewalk that gets inundated by the detritus of cruel snowplows determined to confine me to my property line). I happily turn away those snow entrepreneurs who want to make money from the elements even if they offer to do it for a low price. I relish the natural exercise the Connecticut winter provides.
    Though, I am not in your league, when I perused the age group records, I did not see an entry for the 70-79 group in the lightweight category. What is the limit for lightweight? I imagine that if I row enough I should get down to that weight. And since there doesn’t seem to be anyone in that category, I should be able to set a record. Now, any of you skinny ’62ers, don’t get any bright ideas and beat me to it.

    • Jan Greer February 18, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you, Charles. Much appreciated. For males, the lightweight class is defined as under 165 pounds. “Heavyweight,” so called, is 165 and above.

      All the best,