UXBRIDGE, Mass. - This weekend, athletes from all over honored the late, Grace Rett, an Uxbridge native and member of the Holy Cross rowing team, who was killed in a car crash in 2020. Sunday was the final chapter in their three-day journey.

Rett was in Florida with her team for winter training when the fatal crash occurred. Just a few days before the trip, she set the world record by rowing 62 consecutive hours. Athletes from the Holy Cross community took turns rowing in the 62-hour Love the Fight-a-thon. Students from Grace's elementary school, Our Lady of the Valley Regional School in Uxbridge, started the row-a-thon fundraiser Friday. 

It began as a way to honor Grace's memory and fulfill her dream of building a new gym for her alma mater. The G.R.A.C.E. Center officially opened in January this year. 

Grace's teammates and family say it's been an emotional weekend.

"I think it just goes to show, we're all exhausted after two days of rowing consistently and supporting teammates," said Grace's teammate Bianca McIver. "Grace did it all by herself. I mean, start to finish, 62 hours of her rowing. She was definitely the most driven person I've ever met. She was definitely the best teammate I've ever had."

"I think it just goes to show grace's impact on not only our team but our teammates here that, most of them didn't get the chance to meet Grace," said Maggie O'Leary, another one of Grace's teammates. "So, I think that their commitment here, all of them are sitting behind you, and they have really shown up for us."

"She would just be so touched," said Grace's mother, Mary Jo Rett. "I took a picture the other day of the rowing machines in the gym, and it sort of just sums it up. The best of both worlds. The best of of her worlds, plus family and friends."

"We're super thankful for all the support and the prayers and love," her father Christopher Rett said. "It has been great."

The team says as of Sunday afternoon, they raised $16,000, with hopes to raise $20,000 by the end of the fundraiser. Money raised will benefit the G.R.A.C.E. Center, providing resources like equipment.

If you'd like to make a donation, visit gracetothefinish.com.