Shocker Sprints General Information


500 Meter Events
1000 Meter Events
2000 Meter Events

30 Minute Events


Age Restrictions
Entry Deadline
Day of Event Entries
Entry Fees
Entry Scratches

Race Day

Lightweights Weigh-in
Waiver Form

Awards and Prizes



500 Meter Events
  • WSU Greek or Organization - Men, Women, Men's Team, Women's Team
  • WSU Faculty/Staff - Men, Women, Men's Team, Women's Team
  • Open - Men, Women, Men's Team, Women's Team
  • Lightweight  - Men, Women, Men's Team, Women's Team
  • Junior - Men, Women, Men's Team, Women's Team
  • Master - Men, Women, Men's Team, Women's Team
1000 Meter Events
Teams of 4 rowers will compete as one boat against other teams. There will be handicapping based on age, weight and sex, so that a women’s veteran team has a fair chance against a collegiate men’s team. Team racing will be bracket style, until there is a final winner. A single rower will only be able to compete on one team.

At the beginning of the 1000 meter racing, all teams will know how many seconds of handicap there will be between teams.  In the past our handicaps have been based on World Record standards which we found didn’t reflect our Shocker Sprint competitors as well as it could have.  Last year we refined our handicaps and found they worked great!


  • 8 seconds per woman rower
  • 3 seconds per lightweight rower
  • 2 seconds per rower 16 and younger
  • 0.52 seconds per rower 40-49 years old
  • 3.75 per rower 50-59
  • 5 seconds per rower 60+

What does this mean?

If you have a team of one 16 year old female open rower, one 30 year old lightweight woman rower, one male open 52 year old rower and one 49 year old male lightweight rower the total handicap is: 28.27.  A team of 4 open 20 year old males has to beat this mixed group by 28.27 seconds to win.

  • 16 y.o. female=2 seconds for age, 8 for sex
  • 30 y.o. ltw female=3 seconds for weight, 8 for sex
  • 52 y.o. male=3.75 for age
  • 49 y.o. ltw male=.52 for age and 3 for weight

My grandma is 80 and wants to compete on our team?

We haven't so far had any team rowers over the age of 60, but if your 80 y.o. grandma wants to compete - bring it!  We'll compute an appropriate age handicap for her.

I'm a 38 year old male and can compete as a master in the 2k, why don't I get a handicap in the team event?

Most 30 year olds can hold their own against twentysomethings - so beat them on your own strength and mental toughness!  In fact, Rob Waddell, world record holder of the fastest Concept2 erg time (5.36.6) a time he set in his thirties, beat his other world record in the open category (5:38.3). 


2000 Meter Events
  • Master (30 and up)
  • Junior (definition below)
  • Lightweight (Men-165lbs, Women-135lbs)
  • Novice (definition below)
  • Open (no restrictions)

Novice is defined as a person who has never rowed, or is in their first year of collegiate rowing.

Junior event participants must be under 18 years old on Feb 8, 2015.
Qualifying Times for 2000 meter races
All are welcome! You do not need a qualifying time in order to race at the Shocker Sprints, but we do ask for your 2k erg score so that we may seed you appropriately. 

30 Minute Events
30 Minute Event
• Men
• Women

There will be a 30 minute timed race to start the day off. We will set the schedule so that entrants are able to participate in the 30 minute race and a 2k event.


Wichita State Intramural Registration
Regatta Central Registration

Age Restrictions
Junior event participants must be under 18 years old on February 8, 2015.

Entry Deadline
Day of Shocker Sprints

$30 per athlete to participate in Regatta Central Schedule, regardless of how many races they are entered in. 
FREE for Intramural events - Must be a Campus Recreation member.

Registration fees include a Shocker Sprints t-shirt, and one raffle ticket. Shirts and raffle tickets will also be available for sale at the event.

Entry Scratches
After the entry deadline of January 30, 2015 all entry fees are non-refundable. Prior to the deadline, credit card purchases are refundable.
Waiver Form
All competitors will sign a waiver
The waiver must be accepted by the entrant at registration. If the entrant is under 18 years old, a parent or guardian must accept the waiver. Paper waivers will also be available on race day.


Race Day

Race Day Check-In
Check-in and race day registration opens at 7:30am.

Day of entries are welcome. Day of entrants are not guaranteed a spot to race in their exact event category, but scores will be recorded with the correct event, unless administratively impossible, and ranked accordingly.

Lightweights Weigh-in
165 lbs or less for men; 135 lbs or less for women
Lightweight Athletes must weigh-in on race day. Names will be checked against scheduled starting times in the weigh-in area. In order to compete in the lightweight category, a competitor MUST be stamped by a weigh-in official upon successfully weighing in. Any competitor missing a stamp verifying they have successfully weighed in will not be allowed to compete in that category. Any competitor who fails to weigh in or is over the limit, will race in his/her originally seeded time slot, but the score will then count in the OPEN division of that particular event.

Time Rule: The weigh-in must be completed at least 30 minutes before your event. Your name, event number, or erg number will be checked against existing heat entries. Weigh-in will open at 8 AM and will close 30 minutes before the start of the last lightweight event.

Wichita State Campus (pdf)
Parking is free on the WSU campus on Saturdays. The closest parking is in the Heskett Lot. The next closest lots are near 21st street and north of the Heskett Center. Please see the map.

2000 meter races
A Hammer is awarded to the first place finisher and medals will be awarded for 2nd and 3rd places. We encourage you to attend the awards ceremonies scheduled throughout the day. If you must leave early please notify the check-in table so that we can leave your award for pick up at the Heskett Center Front Desk.

500 meter sprints
Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The first place winners’ name (and organization for the Greek/WSU Organization event) will be posted on a plaque. The plaques will be hung at the Heskett Center or the WSU Boathouse.

30 minute event
Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Team 1000 meter
Medals will be awarded to the overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. Each of the four competitors will receive a medal.

Please Note: If you enter the lightweight division of an event, you will be eligible to win a prize only as a lightweight. In other words, we will not be awarding multiple medals to one athlete (even if, for example, a lightweight's score puts him or her among the top three open weight rowers in his or her event).


A Shocker Sprints t-shirt is included in the registration fees for the 30 minute and 2k races. Shirts will be available for sale at the event for $15.

Interpretation of Rules
The meaning and application of these rules will be determined solely by the Shocker Sprints Director. All decisions and deliberations of the Race Director will be secret, arbitrary, and final. NO WHINING...