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CRF Oar Runners Marathon Team

The Oar Runners are back for the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, which is on Sunday, October 11th 2020. The Oar Runners will be running 26.2 miles in an effort to raise money for CRF C.A.R.E.S. 

The 2020 Chicago Marathon is drawing entry only, unless you run with a charity. As a member of CRF's Oar Runners, you will receive a guaranteed entry into the race. Minimum fundraising requirements are $1,750 for each runner, due by October 31, 2020.

Funds raised by runners will be used to support our adaptive rowing programs, enabling us to keep program costs to a very low minimum, purchase necessary equipment, and support our coaching staff. More information about our two adaptive rowing programs are below.

For more information about Oar Runners, please contact Brooklyn Beeler at 

To support the Oar Runners, click here!

Pauly's Pals

Pauly's Pals is a unique rowing program specifically tailored for young athletes with development disabilities. Since 2013, Pauly's Pals athletes have partnered up with athletes from CRF's competitive high school team to learn to fundamentals of rowing. By restructuring traditional rowing drills to be tailored specifically for the Pauly's Pals participants, CRF has  provided an opportunity for these awesome middle school and high school students to learn about the sport of rowing, and receive all the health benefits that come with it. The program also fosters social engagement, which strengthens the participants' social skills.

Click here for more information and testimonials from Pauly's Pals.


Since 2014, CRF has been continuing its mission of making rowing accessible to all Chicagoans with accessROW. accessROW is a rowing program for individuals with physical disabilities, such as spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, visual impairments, and PTSD. By adapting the rowing equipment- not the rower- CRF is able to get individuals with a variety of physical disabilities rowing on the ergs, in the tank, and on the Chicago River.

Click here for more information about accessROW.