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Eighty-two rowers from Jacksonville University and the Brooks Rehabilitation Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program logged more than 2.1 million meters — nearly 1,342 miles — during the 24 Strokes for Heart Ergathon on Feb. 1-2 at JU’s Negaard Rowing Center.

The rowing marathon was among a handful of community-wide American Heart Association “National Wear Red Day” events on Feb. 1 in the Jacksonville area. The participants continuously rowed on indoor machines called “ergometers” to raise awareness for women’s heart health; February is American Heart Month.

Heart disease is the top killer of women and men; in 2010, the First Coast lost 3,371 residents to heart diseases or stroke.

Click on this Wave Weekly article for more photos from the event.

Click on this Wave Weekly article for more information about the event or about National Wear Red Day, American Heart Month, the American Heart Association or Brooks Rehabilitation.