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2023 Row 4 Dough - Lake Mattoon

Join us on August 12, 2023

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Saturday, August 12th, Lake Mattoon will host the 2023 Row 4 Dough fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Illinois Region I.  Starting at the Lake Mattoon Beach, teams of 5 rowers/paddlers will race to complete a half marathon rowing distance with each member of the row team consecutively completing 2.6 miles.

What Is Row 4 Dough?

Row 4 Dough is an exercise fundraising event benefiting the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. This event challenges participants to join a team of 5 people to row a 1/2 marathon on Lake Mattoon.

Event Details:

Check-in of Rowing Teams will start at 8:00am in the Lake Mattoon Pavilion, followed by the Opening Ceremony on the Lake Mattoon Beach at 9:00am.  At sail off, a rower from each team will kick-off the competition to complete a half marathon rowing distance with each member of the row team consecutively completing 2.6 miles.  After the competition, around 12:00pm, we will have a lunch and awards ceremony to present the trophies for the Speedy Paddlers (First Place Team), Sunken Canoe (Last Place Team), Best Team Costume, and Greatest Spirit!


All rowers must collect a minimum of $50 in donations from family, friends, and coworkers.  Each rower to reach the fundraising minimum of $50 will receive a Row 4 Dough shirt. 

Stay Connected

Make sure to follow up on FacebookTwitter and Instagram! Use the hashtag #Row4Dough to tell us your reason for rowing this year.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Special Olympics Illinois offers a variety of Row 4 Dough partnership opportunities locally and statewide. No matter what level, this is a great way to show support for the mission and athletes of Special Olympics Illinois and ensure that we can continue to provide year round programming for individuals with intellectual disabilities. For more information please contact Vanessa Duncan at 


For more information or questions about this event please contact Amanda Osborn at 217-962-1573.  

Why Special Olympics Illinois?

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 23,100 traditional athletes with intellectual disabilities and over 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Through inclusive athletic, health and leadership programs, Special Olympics Illinois empowers our athletes to transform themselves, their communities, and the world. Individuals with intellectual disabilities face societal, political and cultural discrimination, ranging from misunderstanding and bullying to isolation and exclusion. At the core of our mission, Special Olympics Illinois is a sports organization that uses the power of sports as a catalyst for social change.  We breakdown long-held misconceptions about people with intellectual disabilities by highlighting the inherent talent and unbounded promise of our athletes and how their spirit has, does and will continue to positively impact communities throughout Illinois.


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