Cross Training Challenge
Hoist the Trophy & Win City Bragging Rights!

The Erg is essential to your training – why not see how you measure up in a competition with other rowers. Who has the edge? The fittest athletes in the world or lifelong rowers?
Let a 2K Sort It Out

Multiple Events – Many Challenges

  • If you want to measure up against everyone individually then sign up to your appropriate category and pull at 2k test! There is also a fun 500m individual test.
  • If your gym wants to challenge the rowing clubs, there is the Open Relay Challenge – a standalone race against the clock in single sex divisions.
  • If your gym wants to only challenge other gyms, there is the CT Challenge - mixed teams of 2- men and 2-women to form a Quad to compete in the Quad 1K for best times. The teams then compete in a 2000m relay (500m per/team member). The Best Quad 1K time (Score #1) is then added to the teams 2K Relay time (Score #2). The fastest composite Score wins the CT Challenge - 2 Gyms minimum required.

* The Fastest Quad *
* The Fastest Relay Team *
* CT Challenge Kettlebell Trophy *
* Challenge Winners T-Shirt *
* Break CT Challenge Record: Win $200 Team Award *

Historical Fastest Times

Fastest Composite CrossFit Freedom (2012) 09:31.1
Fastest 1K Quad Lincoln Park CrossFit (2016) 03.15.5
Fastest 2K Relay CrossFit Freedom (2012) 05.55.8
Fastest 500Men Peter Froehlick LPBC (2002) 01:20.2
Fastest 500 Women Kate Shepherd NWU (2012) 01:36.8
Fastest 2K Men Andrew Holm Illini (2116) 06:04.4
Fastest 2k Women Morgan Funke RowFit Chicago (2013) 06:57.3

Join the Personal Record Challenge
Anyone who achieves a PR receives an Achievement Medal. Join the PR Challenge and a chance to be a hero by raising additional funds for your team.

Individual Fund Raising Possibilities

PR Achievers $25 to $150
CIRC Record
$50 to $250
USA Record
$100 to $350
World Record
$200 to $500

Learn more: Personal Record Challenge

Event Information

About the 2k and 500m

You Vs. Yourself – and every other individual in your race! A true test of fitness and grit. 2,000m counts down to zero – when the dust settles you know where you stand. You will represent your team but awards are given individually.

About the Quad Work

4 ergs are wired to act as one boat – a quad in rowing terms. Each team member rows approximately 1K meters as the computer’s algorithm constantly adjusts for the difference in power output of each team member. In the end, some erg a little more and others a little less as your Little Yellow Boat moves toward the finish line.

About the Relay

Each competitor will row 500 meters, get off the Erg and pass the handle to the next competitor until all 4 competitors have rowed for a total of 2000 meters. One coach and two assistants are allowed in the competition area to assist. The hand-off is only between competitors. The assistants can either hold the feet or secure//unsecure the feet straps. A monitor judge is assigned to each team. One violation warning is allowed before disqualification.


Team Cap fees apply no matter how you mix the above – though appropriate waiver / team entries must be supplied in full.

Additional Rules

  • Two Club minimum required to award the CT Challenge Trophy
  • Each club entry requires a minimum of 2 Quads (then use waitlist if you have more you’d like to enter) - 8 competitors: 4 women and 4 men
  • Each Quad competes in the Quad 1K
  • Clubs can field either up to 3 2K-Relay teams (then use waitlist if you have more you’d like to enter); the best time will count for Score#2
  • The club coach selects Relay Team members 15 minutes before event