VERO BEACH - On Jan. 15, an accident at the intersection of Indian River Blvd. and the Barber Bridge in Vero Beach took the life of Grace Rett, an athlete on the College of the Holy Cross Women's rowing team in Massachusetts.

The students were in town to train at the Vero Beach Rowing Club.

Twelve people were injured in the crash involving a pick-up truck and the van carrying members of the rowing team. Ms. Rett died one day after her 20th birthday.

From Feb. 7-9, members of the community will raise funds for the victims and their families with a 61-hour continuous rowing marathon at Vero Fitness. Anyone can participate by signing up for a rowing slot or donating at

The funds will be donated through the school to assist Ms. Rett's family and the other victims with medical costs, and to establish a memorial scholarship at the College of the Holy Cross.

Ms. Rett is the holder of the world record for continuous indoor rowing, 62 hours and three seconds, which she accomplished just one month before the accident.

Starting at 6 a.m. on Fri. Feb. 7, participants will row one hour shifts at Vero Fitness until 7 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 9, when the last rower finishes the 61st hour.

Rowers can sign up for as many hours as they like, and shifts can be divided among friends if the rower doesn’t want to row the full hour. No rowing experience or Vero Fitness membership is required.

For more information, contact Vero Fitness General Manager Katie Smith, or (772) 567-1400; or Barry Segal,, (772) 567-5552.

To donate or sign up to row, visit

Vero Fitness (formerly the Jungle Club) is located at 1060 6th Ave., Vero Beach.

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