The first Wednesday of the month we routinely do a Hero WOD. We will always scale and modify the workouts to fit each person, so come on in :)
Mary T. asked me a long time ago if we could work in this WOD in because it was very personal to her. Here is what she said to me in her own words:
"31 Heros started as a fundraiser for the families of the military members who lost their lives on 8/06/11. 31 Heros is now a foundation that funds research and treatment for veterans with traumatic brain injury and PTSD. TBI was the signature wound of the Iraq war, with thousands of men and women coming home with TBIs and finding a medical community unable to give them adequate support resources. Not enough is known about how people recover from TBI. Doctors with good intentions too often tell people to "take it easy" when this is the opposite can help those with TBI recover. After flailing through too many doctor's offices and going downward fast, I dove headfirst into CrossFit, because I had nothing to lose. Three years later anyone who knows me has heard me proselytize CrossFit. I have had to argue with too many in the medical community about why they shouldn't be discouraging people with a TBI from the functional mobility and intense exercise that is CrossFit. I support 31 Heros because there was a time when I needed something radical, like CrossFit, to steer my recovery course back on track. I want to try to make this path a little easier for others struggling to recover."
Here is a link to the fundraiser for this workout and a little more on their story:
On August 6, 2011, a tragedy shook the military community and Americans everywhere. In a single instance, America lost 30 military service members, many of whom were members of the Navy SEAL community—and one military K9– when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was downed in Afghanistan.
In the wake of the unimaginable tragedy, a mission was born. Following the downing of Extortion 17, a fundraising WOD—hosted at more than 430 gyms around the country with more than 10,000 participants—raised $300,000 over a four-week period to support the 30 families affected. This prompted the organizers to create The 31Heroes Project to remember our fallen heroes and take care of their loved ones.
Humbled by the massive response and inspired by the impact on the families of these heroes, 31Heroes recognized an opportunity to reach even more families. Soon, new events and WODs were organized with the help of a growing network of passionate volunteers.
Today, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we assist athletes and event organizers around the country with tools and resources to continue the legacy of selflessness and comradery of August 6, 2011.
Through strategic alliances with other organizations we can ensure that all proceeds directly fund programs that support service members and their families, including the Navy SEAL community.
Since our first event in 2011, more than $1.5 million has been given back to our nation’s heroes and their families through grant-making opportunities and partnership programs. In 2015, The 31Heroes Project launched the initiative to send a designated number of veterans to distinguished brain centers across the country to receive cutting-edge treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Traumatic Brain Injury.
They’ve left behind more than just memories. They’ve given us a legacy to honor. Together, we can ensure the mission to honor the fallen lives on and veterans are not forgotten when they return home.
31 Hero’s WOD(Modified)
31 Minute AMRAP
Teams of 2
8 Thrusters (Mx 115/75, Rx 155/105)
6 Strict C2B Pull-Ups
11 Box Jumps (Mx 24/20, Rx 30/24)
*Like the warriors of our armed services, this WOD is about working together, sacrificing yourself for your teammate, and accomplishing the mission together. Partner 1 performs the workout listed above. Partner 2 runs 400m with a Med Ball (20/14). When Partner 2 returns from the run, Partner 1 will grab the Wall Ball, and begin their 400m run, while Partner 2 continues the workout where Partner 1 left off.