2016 Salute, Inc. Tactical Challenge Course Overview

2016TacticalChallengePromoWelcome to the 2016 Salute, Inc. Tactical Challenge. Event host, Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights, donates 100 percent of event fees to help Salute, Inc., in its mission to meet the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families.

Please take a moment to review the following event information and watch the 2016 Salute, Inc. Tactical Challenge Movement Demos. If you have any questions, please email Karen@eadperformancecenter.com. Thanks for your support of Salute, Inc.

  • Participants run the Salute, Inc. 5k until they reach the Tac2016SaluteMovementOverviewtical Challenge Course entrance, which is located at North Hickory Avenue & East Miner Street, just short of the 5k finish line chutes. From there, participants will proceed through the nine-station Tactical Challenge Course.
  • Station #1 | 20 Burpees. Starting from a standing position, participants will place both hands on the ground, jump or step both feet back to a plank position and then drop until the chest fully touches the ground. Participants will then push up to the plank position, jump or step both feet back to the hands, jump or stand up, reaching both arms overhead to clap as they do. Video Demo.

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  • Station #2 | Low Crawl. Participants will Army Crawl under a low barrier.
  • Station #3 | 20 Sandbag Ground to Overhead. Participants will pick up a sandbag from the ground (40# Men / 20# Women), lift it overhead until both arms lock out, and then return it to the starting position on the ground. Participants may complete the overhead portion of movement in one of the following ways: Thruster, Press, Push Press, Push Jerk or Split Jerk. Please do not drop or throw the sandbag or you will incur a 10 Burpee penalty. Video Demo.
  • Station #4 | Bear Crawl. Participants will Bear Crawl from Station #3 to Station #5. Video Demo.
  • Station #5 | 20 Hands Release Push Ups. Participants will start from a plank position, lower their body until their chest touches the ground, lift up both hands, place both hands back on the ground, and push up until they return to the plank position, with arms fully extended. Video Demo.
  • Station #6 | Cone Hop. Participants will hop or step over a series of cones of varying heights. Video Demo.
  • Station #7 | 20 Pair Overhead Plate Lunges. Participants will pick up a bumper plate (25# Men / 15# Women) from the ground and lift it overhead until both arms are fully locked out. Participants will then step out until the front leg achieves roughly a 90-degree angle and the back knee touches the ground. The Participant will continue to alternate stepping out and back to complete 40 repetitions of the movement (20 right / 20 left). Video Demo.
  • Station #8 | Low Crawl. See Station #2
  • Station #9 | Burpees. See Station #1.

CFAH, CFAX Athletes Take Tactical Challenge Top Honors; Help Raise More Than $8,500 For Salute, Inc.

Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights got freedom? Tactical Challenge Raises $8,525 for Salute, Inc.

Athletes from Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights | CrossFit Axis dominated the Salute, Inc. got freedom? Tactical Challenge for the third consecutive year, taking top honors in the Team, Men’s and Women’s events. To date, the event has raised more than $8,500 to help meet the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families. Event sponsor Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights donates 100 percent of the funds raised by the Tactical Challenge to Salute, Inc.

The Tactical Challenge pairs a 5k run with a series of military-style calisthenic movements using 20-pound sandbags for women and 40-pound sandbags for men. Participants this year lugged the sandbag through four, 25-foot Army Crawls, plus completed 20 reps each of CrossFit Games Push Ups, Ground to Overhead lifts, Anchored Sit Ups, and Bag Hop Burpees.

2014 Salute, Inc. got freedom? 5k + Tactical Challenge Men's Division Podium: Coach Jim, Steven Buchholz, 1st place; Tom Weiss, 2nd place; Tim Decker, 3rd place.

2014 Salute, Inc. got freedom? 5k + Tactical Challenge Men’s Division Podium: Coach Jim, Steven Buchholz, 1st place; Tom Weiss, 2nd place; Tim Decker, 3rd place.

Steven Buchholz, 15, Arlington Heights, finished the challenge in 30:11.8. Buchholz ran the course with his dad, Steve,  49, and brother, Jack, 9; the athletes train at CrossFit Axis | PlayersU in Mt. Prospect.  Also earning podium spots were Arlington Heights residents Tom Weiss, 49, who finished the grueling course in 33:52.9, and Tim Decker, 43, with a finish time of 34:50.2.

Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights athlete Kelly Buchholz (no relation to the men’s division winner), 34, Arlington Heights, finished the course in 34:00.8; she placed 3rd in 2013. Finishing second was Grace Wasielewski, 60, Prospect Heights, in 34:17.6; she placed 6th in 2013. Rounding out the top three women was Maria Subia-Grzesiak, 40, Arlington Heights, in 34:54.1.

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2014 Salute, Inc. got freedom? 5k + Tactical Challenge Women’s Division Podium: Coach Jim, Kelly Buchholz, 1st place; Grace Wasielewski, 2nd place. Not pictured: Maria Subia-Grzesiak, 3rd place.

The finish times of Ms. Buchholz and Wasielewski, plus the father-son Fowler tandem, Nathan, 13, and Ron, 46, ensured the got freedom? Tactical Challenge Team Division trophy remained with 2012 & 2013 champ Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights.  The event Team Division is determined by the fastest two men’s and women’s times.

Congratulations to EAD / CFAH / CFAX athletes who participated in the 2014 5k + Tactical Challenge Kelly Buchholz, Kevin Tesch, Grace Wasielewski, Charlotte O’Neill, Mike O’Neill, Karen Jones, Nick Jones, James Jones, Ann Marie Nordby, Steven Buchholz, Steve Buchholz, Jack Buchholz, Ron Fowler, Nathan Fowler, Bob Dapisa, Will Hinshaw, Andrea Poffenberger, and John O’Neil. Congrats, too, to the dozens of EAD | CFAH athlete who supported Salute, Inc. and ran the 5k or 10k.

Check out more event photos at the EAD | CFAH Facebook Page.

Thanks to EAD / CFAH / CFAX athletes and performance coaches who volunteered: Coaches Jim, Karen, Becky, Scott, Kate, Kristen, Michelle, Web, and athletes Rachel, Laura M, Kenny M, and Eddie M.

Thanks to EAD | CFAH  athletes and performance coaches who volunteered for the 2014 Salute, Inc. got freedom? 5k + Tactical Challenge (back, from left): Coaches Jim, Web, Scott, Becky, Ashley, Michelle, Kristen; Rachel R. (front, from left) Juan, Coach Kate. Not pictured: Coach Karen, Laura M, Kenny M, and Eddie M.

 

Tactical Challenge Early Registration Bonus!

 

Register for the Salute, Inc. got freedom? Tactical Challenge by May 8 and receive a 34-oz. aluminum water bottle.

SALUTE, INC. got freedom? TACTICAL CHALLENGE IS MAY 27, 8 a.m.
Registration closes May 19!

Register for the Salute, Inc. got freedom? Tactical Challenge by Tuesday, May 8 and receive a 34-oz. BPA-free aluminum water bottle!

The Tactical Challenge adds a CrossFit-style field course challenge to the 9th annual got frededom? 5k / 10k and 5k walk. Tactical Challenge athletes will run (or walk) the got freedom? 5k, peel off the main course, and complete the field course challenge before they cross the finish line.

Prizes and bragging rights will be awarded to the fastest overall man and woman, plus the top team. In addition, the top team will take home the got freedom? Tactical Challenge Traveling Team Trophy. A team can include as many people as you can gather (minimum of four; two men and two women). The team score will be the combination of the top two fastest men’s and two fastest women’s times.

The Salute, Inc. 5k got freedom? course is USATF certified. The race begins at Miner School at 8 a.m. and ends at Recreation Park. Your $55 entry fee includes a commemorative event technical performance shirt.

Questions? Email karen@eadperformancecenter.com