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Outside The Box – Row Raiser

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What is the Row Raiser?

Teams of 10 will pull on a row machine the distance of a marathon (26.2 miles) in the shortest amount of time. The event with begin with an Opening Ceremony at 9 a.m. and rowing will begin immediately afterward.

Awards will be given in a variety of categories. Proceeds  benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.

2017 Event

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, July 8th at 20 official locations throughout the state. Athletes, families & friends are invited to join the fun at any of these locations.

History of the Event

The first Row Raiser was held in Quincy in 2015. Organized by CrossFit athlete Sam Dancer, the first event raised $10,000 for Special Olympics Illinois. This year, the Row Raiser is being held in 12 Illinois cities with the goal of raising $100,000.

Since partnering with Special Olympics Illinois Southwestern/Area 11, Sam Dancer and his staff opened their hearts to training a few “special” athletes.  This has made QTOWN CrossFit a model of inclusion for the CrossFit community. As the relationships grew, so did the desire to impact more Special Olympics athletes through raising funds and awareness statewide. This is where you come in.

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