Sharing our mission to raise awareness and funds for ALS.


Atlantic Campaigns

Our intrepid team suffered all the training, boat building, funding and team building projects needed to get to the starting line plus the super extraordinary challenge of having a teammate determined to be the only man with ALS to row an ocean! 


Interview • June 2022

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An interview with Amber Sawaya, a Row4ALS shore crew member. 

READ: Hidden Gems: Meet Amber Sawaya of Anchor & Alpine ›

INTERVIEW • Dec 2021


The city of Millcreek shares their Business of the Month, 212 Fitness, the official training gym of the Row4ALS team.

READ: Spotlight: December 2021 ›

Article • June 2020

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What would motivate a man, who has been living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for twenty years, to accept an invitation to become part of a five-man team and row 3000 miles across the Atlantic?

Read: This ALS Patient Rowed 3000 Miles Across the Atlantic Ocean ›


National ALS Registry

The National ALS Registry is a program to collect, manage and analyze data about persons with ALS. 

READ: National ALS Registry Newsletter ›

ARTICLE • May 2018

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Bad things happen to good people every day. That’s just the nature of life. But it doesn’t mean we stop living and loving.

READ: Guest Post: ALS is What I Have, Not Who I Am ›

The Row4ALS crew and boat with kids from the American Preparatory Academy

Press mention • Oct 2018

American Preparatory Academy

We had a very special boat and crew that visited our school today. They brought this specialized rowboat to our school so our students could get a “hands-on” look at this amazing boat.

READ: Row4ALS on American Preparatory Academy ›

Press Mention • Jan 2021

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Today Magazine (Connecticut) interviews Row4ALS team captain, Tim Ryan.  

READ: After rare cross-Atlantic voyage, Granby native preps for Pacific (page 9 and 15)› 

Press Mention • Dec 2018

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Alan, who has been diagnosed with ALS, is taking on this adventure of a lifetime with four teammates and is rowing for ALS Crowd, ALS Association, and ALS Clinic at the University of Utah. 

READ: The teams taking on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge ›

Article • May 2019

Digger News

Row4ALS Chief Inspiration Officer, Alan Alderman, is interviewed by Digger News.

READ: ALS Must Not Defeat Us: A Message of Hope ›

Article • Aug 2018

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It’s never been done before. But like many things in the life of Alan Alderman, he’s not backing down from the challenge. 

READ: ROW4ALS on University of Utah Health ›

Article • June 2019

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“We wondered what in the heck we had gotten ourselves into,” Alderman says. “We all blamed Tim Ryan, our team captain who had this brilliant idea…

READ: How this man with ALS made history and deepened his faith crossing the Atlantic

Video & Article • Sept 2022

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Tim and Alan interviewed by Mountain America Credit Union. 

WATCH: Taking on the Ocean to Find a Cure for ALS | My Member Story ›

Video • June 2019

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Teddy, one of the ocean rowers, showing his morsel spork in action on the ocean.

WATCH: Shout out to Mosel Spork

Article • Sept 2018

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Using this weekend on the Great Salt Lake to wrap up some mandatory training items. Dial in some systems and make some notes on things we want to prepare for our big trip.

READ: Utah team prepares to row a boat across the Atlantic Ocean ›

Article • Sept 2018

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In 2017, Tim saw a short film entitled Four Mums in a Boat, which chronicled the story of four English women who completed the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge in 2015. 

READ: GMHS alum takes on the world’s most challenging row ›

Video & Article •  Sept 2018


“I’ve always liked a good adventure and a good challenge,“ said Alan Alderman, as he prepared to board the crew’s custom-made row boat for a 48-hour training session on the Great Salt Lake. “A person living with ALS can do hard things.“

READ: Utah crew, including man with ALS, to row across the Atlantic ›

INTERVIEW • July 2019

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An interview with 2019 Row4ALS ocean rowers and our in-kind sponsor, Morsel.

READ: Voyage Across the Atlantic

Get to know the rowers and the shore crew.

Media & Press

Press Contact

The ROW4ALS team conquered the Atlantic in 2018-2019, now we’re back to take on the Pacific in 2023 to raise money and awareness for ALS research.

For press and questions please email Amber Sawaya using the button below or call/text (415) 727-6554.

Talking Points

  • ROW4ALS is the first team to have a rower diagnosed with ALS complete the race. Alan has ALS and is in a wheelchair but has the upper body strength to row in a modified rowing station.
  • The team crossed 3,000 miles of Atlantic Ocean in 2018-2019. They left La Gomera in the Canary Islands on December 12, 2018 and arrived in Antigua in the Caribbean 51 days, 11 hours, 57 minutes later.
  • The 2023 row is 2,800 miles from Monterey Bay, California to Kauai, Hawaii. The team anticipates a 60 day crossing. The team consists of:
    • Tim Ryan, Ocean Rower & Captain (he/him)
    • Dale Smith, Ocean Rower (he/him)
    • Able Ryan, Ocean Rower (they/them)
    • Alan Alderman, Chief Inspiration Officer (he/him)
    • Steve Sawaya, Shore Crew
    • Amber Sawaya, Shore Crew
  • The row is all self support. A duty officer on a fleet yacht is available for emergencies. Rowers must be able to survive in the ocean for 72 hours if awaiting rescue.
  • Rowers may only cross by rowing. Deploying a sail will get a team disqualified.
  • There is a water maker (desalinator) on board, the rowers live off freeze dried food and each carry a 90 day supply of food.
  • Additional information and race facts are available on the 2018 Atlantic Row page and the 2023 Pacific Row page.
  • Row4ALS is a 501(c)3 non profit and all funds raised go to the University of Utah Clinical Neurosciences Center, ALS Clinic, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

2023 Row4ALS Media Images

2018/19 Row4ALS Media Images