“How did you come up with Advntur?”
That’s the question we get asked the most. What puzzles us is we don’t know how someone didn’t come up with it before. Athletes connecting with athletes and sharing adventures together – it just seems like one of those duh ideas. And once people get it, “Oh yeah, I love that. I totally want to do that.” We wanted to be the ones to make it happen.
Advntur didn’t just come to us, though. It developed over the course of many years. When I was rowing in high school and college, I raced on the Schuylkill River in Philly, and I thought Boathouse Row was just a bunch of frat houses with boats inside. And in a sense, it is. Those boathouses are a place where people get together to have fun sharing their passion for rowing. Based on that, I dreamed of creating an international rowing society, where all rowers could travel anywhere in the world, call up the local chapter and get hooked up with a local rower who would give them a place to stay, a boat to row in and a new friend.
When I was in college, I read about a rowing trip in Alaska where eight rowers from all over would meet in Anchorage, row around there for a few days, then take a train into the wilderness, row there, take another train deeper into the wilderness and row their way around Alaska until they wound up back in Anchorage. It sounded like an incredible adventure. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go, but my desire to row in Alaska hasn’t wavered. I called the Captain at the Anchorage Rowing Association, and she invited me to come up anytime. I hope to race in the Moose Nugget Regatta and row alongside glaciers sometime soon, and I want to do it as an Alaskan rower would. I want to connect with the Anchorage and Alaskan rowing community.
As Captain of the San Diego Rowing Club, I helped organize a dual race with the Lake Casitas Rowing Club called the Camp n’ Row. A group from SDRC drove up to Lake Casitas for two days of racing. But instead of bringing the trailer loaded with boats and oars and riggers and tools, Lake Casitas said to bring only sleeping bags and an adventurous spirit. The rowers of SDRC arrived on a Saturday, had a casual row on the lake, enjoyed a lakeside barbecue with their new friends and slept right there at the campsite under the stars. The next morning, SDRC rowers borrowed Lake Casitas’s boats and oars and the two clubs competed in a series of races, and when it was all done, they shook hands and said goodbye – no loading the trailer with boats, oars, riggers and tools. Everyone finished racing and headed home, anxious for the next time when Lake Casitas would visit San Diego. I wanted to see this happen on a much grander scale. Why limit it to rowing? Athletes in all sports love what they do. Why not create an opportunity to experience their favorite sport like a local? Why not invite people to share an adventure?
We want to help people avoid the hassle of bringing their equipment. We want to help people enter races far from home. We want to help people keep up with their training when they’re on the road. We want people to do what they love wherever they go. Most important, we want to bring people together to share their knowledge and their love of sport. Advntur is the culmination of our desire to create a community where athletes around the world can connect with each other, travel far and wide and enjoy their sport, experience that sport like a local and make new friends.
We’re excited about what’s to come, and we’re excited you’re here to join us. We want to hear from you. If you’ve got an idea to make Advntur better, let us know. We are for athletes, by athletes, and we’ll do everything we can to give you an adventure you’ll never forget.
–Matt Doran, Founder and CEO
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