LAKEWOOD, Ohio - The rowing team from St. Edward High School is training for an epic journey with purpose.
The 18-member crew hope to push off for the big trip next month. They will row more than 50 miles across Lake Erie.
"There's a little park in Canada, it's a straight shot back to Cleveland," said head coach Matt Carlsen.
The team trains six days a week, bright and early for the eight- to 10-hour crossing. They're taking on the physical and mental challenge to raise money for cancer research and Case Western Reserve University's International Center for Autism Research and Education.
Carlsen said they've been planning the trip for two months and safety is top priority,
"We've been talking to the Coast Guard, we've got all the plans laid out. If there's any wind, we won't do it, we have other options. One is to do this just on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland and row the 54 miles or get on the rowing machines and do 54 miles, if weather everywhere is bad."
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