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Concept2 Indoor Rower and PSTS Paddling Adapter Raffle

Run by the members of Dragonheart VT to benefit the Ron Morris Memorial Sunshine Fund





The Ron Morris Memorial Sunshine Fund


Ron Morris was a beloved member of Dragonheart Vermont for four years before his recent passing this past May from an aggressive cancer.  For those of us that knew Ron, we are blessed with the memory of his friendship, kindness and generosity, his quiet confidence, and his positive determination for a life well-lived.


Ron was an athlete throughout his childhood and his adult life. He was powerfully strong for his small stature and had a special feel for the water. While he only paddled in a dragon boat for a few short years, Ron was comfortable on the water as an avid sailor and white water kayak instructor and in the water as an advanced scuba diver with hundreds of dives recorded in our beautiful Lake Champlain. It is only fitting that he eventually joined his wife in the sport of dragon boat racing. As a cancer survivor from his early 20’s, Ron soon found a loving circle of fellow survivors in the Dragonheart Vermont organization and especially enjoyed the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. Allowing individuals to focus on wellness and empowerment instead of their disease was of utmost importance to Ron. Dragon boating allowed Ron to achieve the highest of goals in this sport.


In 2015, Ron began working towards a spot for Team USA Senior C Open Division. At the gym five days a week and on the Concept2 rowing machine raffled here today, Ron was successful in making the team and competed in the 2015 International Dragon Boat Federation’s 12th World Championships in Welland, Ontario. This team of extraordinary men (and one woman!) brought home a silver medal!


The process for athletes trying out for TEAM USA is extensive, rigorous and costly. In order for the best paddlers to be considered, they must participate in several camps and time trials taking them across the country. No athlete should be left behind because of lack of funds; after all when searching the country for paddlers to represent the red, white and blue, we want the best! 


Date: Sunday August 6, 2017

Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival

Time:  9am to 3pm

Where: Burlington’s Waterfront Park

Cost: $5 for one ticket and $20 for five tickets



Concept2 Indoor Rower Model D

(Value = $945 - $900 + $45 shipping limited to Continental U.S.)

Paddlesport Training System Paddling Adapter

(Value= $490)


** The Concept 2 paddling will be shipped. The PSTS paddling adapter needs to be picked at the raffle on Festival Day.




Concept2 Model D

The dependable performance of our Model D Indoor Rower has made it the best selling indoor rower in the world. Recognized by competitive rowers as the standard for indoor training, the Model D delivers an effective cardiovascular workout that will increase your fitness level and tone your physique. At a fraction of the cost of other home fitness equipment or a yearly gym membership, you can have the luxury of working out in your home whenever you choose…and get a great workout to boot.


We value practical design: our Model D is efficiently engineered and will last a lifetime. The Model D you buy is the same machine used by Olympic- and elite-level athletes to train for their sport—it’ll take the abuse of heavy training day after day. If you’re looking for a solid piece of exercise equipment at a great value, the Model D is the perfect choice.



The PaddleSport Training  Systems Paddling Adapter

This amazing attachment to the Concept2 Indoor Rower is a reliable and proven system for single blade paddlesport training improvement. The feedback from the Concept2 monitor is your full-time personal coach, promoting efficient and purposeful training. Switching between rowing and paddling is quick and easy, allowing for the myriad of benefits from cross training with the Indoor Rower. 


Dr. Bob McNamara states it best:

“As Head Coach of team USA and the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association, I have been promoting use of the paddle erg for years. It is an excellent off the water training resource. Serious paddlers should consider getting access to an erg individually or through their team. Unless they can paddle year round, I strongly encourage my elite paddlers to spend a good portion of the off-season on the erg. If a coach sets up an erg trial for early season it will motivate the troops to keep in shape over the winter as the machine does not lie. While I prefer outrigger testing for team selection, the erg can be used to narrow the field for those tests or, if you do not have access to outriggers, to select a boat. If you choose to use this to select your boat make sure you weight adjust the scores.”