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Edited Sam Row Raiser (1)

Calling all fitness fans – You’re invited to gather a team of 10 to participate in the Row Raiser, a fitness-based fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics.

The Row Raiser involves teams of 10 pulling on a row machine the distance of a marathon (26.2 miles) in the shortest amount of time. Awards will be given in a variety of categories. Each rower must raise $50 to participate for a team total of $500.

The following locations are participating in the Row Raiser:

  • CrossFit Bloomington – 401 Bronco Drive, Unit D, Bloomington, IL 61704
  • Unyoked CrossFit – 2413 Village Green Place, Champaign, IL 61822
  • CrossFit 333 – 333 N. Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60175
  • CrossFit Influence – 708 Walnut Circle, Wapella, IL 61777
  • Lincoln Park CrossFit – 2727 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
  • CrossFit Henosis – 500 N. Oakland Ave., Carbondale, IL 62901
  • CrossFit Defined – 2750 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
  • CrossFit Galena – 239 N. Main St., Galena, IL 61036
  • QTown CrossFit – at CVS Parking lot – 30th & Broadway, Quincy, IL 62301
  • CrossFit Pally – 540 W. Colfax, Palatine, IL 60067
  • Crossfit 350 – 711 W. Joliet St., Ottawa, IL 61350

Visit for more information and to register for this event.

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for more than 22,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 20,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website at

The first Row Raiser was held in Quincy in 2015. Organized by CrossFit athlete Sam Dancer, the first event raised $10,000 for SOILL. This year, the Row Raiser is being held in 11 locations in Illinois with the goal of raising $100,000.

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