Special Olympics Buncombe County and South Slope CrossFit have a goal of raising $10,000 for the gym’s Adaptive Athlete program, one of the only dedicated CrossFit workouts in the world for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

How are they going to make it happen? Through the Rowdown Throwdown, a competition in which teams of 10 will row the distance of a marathon using indoor rowing machines on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at South Slope CrossFit’s downtown gym (217 Coxe Avenue in Asheville, North Carolina). Athletes from the adaptive program will also fully participate as members of the teams.

Rowers can sign up as an individual, small group, or full team of 10. Individuals and small groups will be combined to make a full team. Teams will row 42,195 meters (a little over 26 miles). Split evenly, each team member rows 4,220 meters which takes around 20-30 minutes. The distance doesn’t have to be split evenly and teammates can socialize and cheer on rowers throughout the day.

The organizers say they plan to make sure everyone has fun. Local restaurants and breweries will provide food and beverages. Members of the Adaptive Athlete program will also be at the event and are available to join any of the teams. The event is open to individuals of all ages and athletic ability. The money raised will be evenly split between Special Olympics Buncombe County and the Adaptive Athlete Program.

Organizers are seeking sponsors. If interested, please contact karla.furnari@buncombecounty.org. To donate or volunteer, visit buncombecountyspecialolympics.org.

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