Row Raiser

July 7, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Various Crossift Locations (see below for details)
$50/person $500/team

Save the Date!

The 2018 RowRaiser kick off is July 7, 2018. Stay tuned for more details.

Contact heather Davis to sign up your box/gym as an official location by emailing

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

Best Row times:

  • 1st – Team RSP Crossfit: 2:15:50
  • 2nd – Team Crossfit Oswego: 2:19:30
  • 3rd – Team Flops Qtown: 2:22:00

This year’s event  took place on Saturday, July 8th at 20 official locations throughout the state. It was another great success raising more than $71,000 for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. Two more events are still scheduled for later in the year at Core Fitness Galena and Crossfit Henosis.

  • Core Fitness Galena – 239 N. Main St., Galena (TBA)
  • Crossfit 333 – 333 N Randall Rd., St Charles
  • Crossfit 350 – 711 West Joliet St., Ottawa
  • Crossfit Bloomington-Normal – 401 Bronco Dr. Unit D, Bloomington
  • Crossfit Defined – 3834 N. Broadway St., Chicago (July 15)
  • Crossfit Four D – 888 Third Ave., Unit A, Morris
  • Crossfit Henosis – 500 N. Oakland Ave., Carbondale (Oct. 21)
  • Crossfit Influence – 708 Walnut Circle, Wapella
  • Crossfit Invalesco – 22005 Howell Dr., New Lenox
  • Crossfit Mattoon – 2601 Marshall Ave., Matoon
  • Crossfit Pally – 540 W. Colfax, Palatine
  • Crossfit Swampfox – 711 West Joliet St., Ottawa
  • Crossfit Thunderbolt – 110F Kirkland Circle, Oswego
  • Crossfit Turbine – 330 S. Main Place, Carol Stream
  • Crossfit Voyage – 102R State St., O’Fallon
  • Final Round Crossfit – 4401 W. Roosevelt Rd., Hillside
  • Goose Island Crossfit – 1750 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago
  • Jones Chiropractic Gym  – 1225 N. Main St., Chatham
  • Qtown Crossfit – 3800 Broadway, Quincy
  • Unyoked Crossfit – 2413 Village Green Pl., Champaign

Quote of the year:

I love CrossFit, I love all of you. Thank you for today.  It is by grace that I can do this. – Anonymous SO Athlete and rower

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.