Sandy Hook Elementary School Victim Relief Fundraiser

This morning I had the privilege of participating in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Victim Relief Fundraiser put on by CrossFit RedZone in Newtown, CT.  We are all aware of the horrific tragedy that took place a few weeks ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but if you are not from the Tri-State area you may not know the incredible outpouring of support that is taking place for this community.  Today’s event was just one of the many events and fundraisers taking place in CT to support the victims and families.


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…the CrossFit community is AMAZING!  Not only are they insanely supportive when you’re trying to get through a tough WOD, but when someone is in need, the entire community comes together.  Over 1,000 people came out today for this event and it was amazing.

The workout was a 10 minute amrap (as many rounds as possible) of 10 thrusters, 6 burpees and 10 kettlebell swings.  Partners could be same sex or coed and there were Rx (prescribed) and scaled divisions.  The Rx was 95# men/ 65# women for thrusters and 53# men/ 35# women for kettlebell.  The scaled was 75# men/ 45# women for thrusters and 35# men/ 26# women for kettlebell.  Burpees were the same for both divisions.  Only one partner could be moving at a time and couldn’t advance to the next movement until both partners have completed the movement.  Sounds easy right?  Um…no.

I arrived around 9:00 am to watch my fried Jenn from Eat, Sleep, Run, Disney compete in the first heat.  Isn’t it awesome when Disney and CrossFit cross paths?!?  She killed it in the Rx division finishing 3 full rounds + 36 reps.

Nice KB swing girl!
Nice KB swing girl!
Jenn kicking ass on the 65# thrusters!
Jenn kicking ass on the 65# thrusters!

My partner had to back out due to a family commitment, so I was paired with someone from another gym.  Unfortunately, it was in the last heat at 3:10 pm.  Luckily, this morning I checked the Facebook page of the event as saw that someone else was looking for a partner for the 11:30 am slot and we were able to meet up and work that out.  Best part was that he was from my gym!  Eric was an awesome partner and incredibly encouraging when I was struggling.  He was originally in the Rx division, but dropped down to scaled for me.  I just don’t have the upper body strength for 65# thrusters yet!  Here we go…

Getting our game plan ready :)
Getting our game plan ready 🙂
Yeah KB swings!
Yeah KB swings!
Eric killing the thrusters
Eric killing the thrusters
Eric pushing me through my last few :)
Eric pushing me through my last few thrusters…best 🙂


And we're done...
And we’re done…

We finished 4 complete rounds + 5 thrusters from me.  It’s was insanely hard, but insanely awesome!  Jenn was awesome to stick around and take these photos for me.  This was my first “competition” and I’m so glad to have it documented…even if I look miserable 🙂

This was an amazing event and I’m so happy I could be a part of it.  If you are interested in donating to support the Sandy Hook PTSA you can still do so here.  TOGETHER WE STAND, UNITED WE WOD!

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