Special Olympics 2016 Row Raiser

On July 9th, CrossFit Gulf Breeze had the honor of participating in the 2016 Row Raiser. The Row Raiser is an event where teams of 10 compete together by completing a 26.2 mile row to benefit and raise awareness for the Special Olympics. 

The first Row Raiser was held in Quincy, IL in 2015 at QTown CrossFit. Organized by CrossFit athlete Sam Dancer, the first event raised $10,000 for Special Olympics Illinois. In 2016, the Row Raiser had 722 participants who helped raise more than $41,000 for the Special Olympics!

CFGB is excited to commit to participate annually as a host location. Host locations pay a fee to QTown CrossFit for the first team registered, and any registrations fees collected from additional teams are donated directly to your local chapter for the Special Olympics. A big thanks to Independent Advocare Distributor Burt Khan for paying half of the fees to get the first team registered for the inaugural year's event!

CFGB hosted four teams and raised $750 to donate to the Escambia/Santa Rosa Special Olympics chapters! Burt Khan presented the check on behalf of CrossFit Gulf Breeze and Average Joe's CrossFit at the Special Olympics Area 1 Surfing Competition held at Navarre Beach on August 2nd. 

Congratulations to team "Joes" from Average Joes's CrossFit, who completed the marathon row in 2:42:17 to take home the trophy! 

We look forward to 2017 being an even larger event and raising even more money for the Escambia/Santa Rosa County Special Olympics Chapters.

"Today let us win. But if we cannot win, let us be brave in the attempt."