The Head of the Charles regatta draws elite rowers from around the world. It's a New England tradition going on now for 53 years.

For the first time ever, a pair of 13 year olds are trying to be the youngest team to compete in this race.

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Quinlan Daly and George Lathrop attend middle school in Connecticut and will be in the youth doubles division, usually reserved for high schoolers, at the Head of the Charles regatta. They're determined and plan on being competitive. They just need to cross the finish line to set a world record, but they're also doing this for a good cause.

While both have been training on their own for several years, they've been together only three months. It's a challenge that's motivating them even more.

As for life as middle schoolres, the teens say they spend most of their free time training because they're also trying to raise money for a charity called Children of Fallen Patriots, which is dedicated to giving scholarships to children of soldiers who died in the line of duty.

They both say next weekend's race is about more than just crossing the finish line.

This two-day event is free to the public and expected to draw nearly half a million spectators to the Banks of the Charles River in Boston.