The Elite Athletic Development / CrossFit Arlington Heights / CrossFit Axis Community will honor the troops killed when their military helicopter was shot down in eastern Afghanistan with the 31Heroes WOD, 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 3 at CFAH.
The “31Heroes” workout — named for the 31 U.S.special operations troops, most of them Navy SEALs — will raise funds for the Navy SEAL Foundation. All funds raised during the workout will be distributed to the affected families. The EAD Community will join CrossFit gyms from across the nation and around the world in a show of support for the families.
“Hero WODs are one small way the CrossFit Community bands together to honor the courageous sacrifice made by our military men and women,” said Coach Jim. “We encourage our athletes to encourage their friends, family members and co-workers — regardless of their current fitness level — to join us for this special workout.”
Prior experience with CrossFit is not necessary, said Jim. “Our performance coaches will adapt the workout to meet the current fitness level of anyone who signs up for the ’31Heroes’ workout.”
The EAD Community last hosted a “Hero Workout” – “Murph” –in June for Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29. Murphy was killed in Afghanistan 2005.
The “31Heroes” workout has not been released, but organizers promise that it will uniquely serve as a fitting “moment of silence” — CrossFit-style — to honor the fallen troops.
Registration for the event is now open at http://www.31heroes.com/registration/. The $31 entry fee includes a commemorative tee-shirt, which will be available for pick up at CFAH.