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.

Tactical Challenge Course Released

2016SaluteMovementOverviewThe 2016 Salute, Inc. Tactical Challenge course is now posted … and there is still time register! 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.

Head over to the Event Facebook Page to watch the 2016 Salute, Inc. Tactical Challenge Movement Demos or visit the Event Web Page to learn more. If you have any questions, OR if you would like to volunteer at the event, please email Karen@eadperformancecenter.com. Thanks for your support of Salute, Inc.

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.

 

05.25.14 | Register Today! Salute Tactical Challenge.

Register Today!

SaluteInc2014The Salute, Inc. got freedom? 5k + Tactical Challenge is Sunday, May 25.  Don’t miss your chance to have fun and support a great cause. All event proceeds from the Tactical Challenge benefit Salute, Inc. , in its mission to help meet the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families; raise awareness of their sacrifices; and provide a safety net to ensure every military family is treated with honor and dignity. Individual & Team Categories. Adult and Student Athletes welcomed!

Are You Running the Salute 5k or 10k Sunday?

Want to learn more about Salute, Inc.? Visit saluteinc.org

We know who is on the roster for Team CFAH for the Salute, Inc. got freedom? Tactical Challenge, and we’d love to know who plans to walk the got freedom? 5k or run the 5k or 10k.

If you’re racing this weekend, please let us know so we can look for you on the course and cheer you on.

Honor “Murph” 8 a.m., Saturday, May 26.

Lt. Michael Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his felllow Navy SEALS during a fierce firefight in Afghanistan.

Join the Elite Athletic Development / CrossFit Arlington Heights / CrossFit Axis Community for our annual recognition of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., with his favorite, and now namesake workout, “Murph”. Lt. Murphy was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.

This is a tough workout befitting an American hero — pull ups, push ups, squats and two, one-mile runs — so we will offer a scaled version for those newer to the EAD / CFAH / CFAX Community, or those registered for the Sunday, May 27 Salute, Inc. Tactical Challenge. No matter the total reps completed, you will honor Murph with your effort.

We will offer a more traditional Saturday WOD for the 7 a.m. & 9 a.m. classes. Read on for more information about what makes Murph a hero.

Summary of Action – Operation Redwing
On June 28, 2005, deep behind enemy lines east of Asadabad in the Hindu Kush of Afghanistan, a very committed four-man Navy SEAL team was conducting a reconnaissance mission at the unforgiving altitude of approximately 10,000 feet. The SEALs, Lt. Michael Murphy, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny Dietz, Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marcus Luttrell had a vital task. The four SEALs were scouting Ahmad Shah – a terrorist in his mid-30s who grew up in the adjacent mountains just to the south.

Under the assumed name Muhammad Ismail, Shah led a guerrilla group known to locals as the “Mountain Tigers” that had aligned with the Taliban and other militant groups close to the Pakistani border. The SEAL mission was compromised when the team was spotted by local nationals, who presumably reported its presence and location to the Taliban.

A fierce firefight erupted between the four SEALs and a much larger enemy force of more than 50 anti-coalition militia. The enemy had the SEALs outnumbered. They also had terrain advantage. They launched a well-organized, three-sided attack on the SEALs. The firefight continued relentlessly as the overwhelming militia forced the team deeper into a ravine.

Trying to reach safety, the four men, now each wounded, began bounding down the mountain’s steep sides, making leaps of 20 to 30 feet. Approximately 45 minutes into the fight, pinned down by overwhelming forces, Dietz, the communications petty officer, sought open air to place a distress call back to the base. But before he could, he was shot in the hand, the blast shattering his thumb.

Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing this would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own life moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men.

Moving away from the protective mountain rocks, he knowingly exposed himself to increased enemy gunfire. This deliberate and heroic act deprived him of cover and made him a target for the enemy. While continuing to be fired upon, Murphy made contact with the SOF Quick Reaction Force at Bagram Air Base and requested assistance. He calmly provided his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force while requesting immediate support for his team. At one point he was shot in the back causing him to drop the transmitter. Murphy picked it back up, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy who was closing in. Severely wounded, Lt. Murphy returned to his cover position with his men and continued the battle.

An MH-47 Chinook helicopter, with eight additional SEALs and eight Army Night Stalkers aboard, was sent is as part of an extraction mission to pull out the four embattled SEALs. The MH-47 was escorted by heavily-armored, Army attack helicopters. Entering a hot combat zone, attack helicopters are used initially to neutralize the enemy and make it safer for the lightly-armored, personnel-transport helicopter to insert.

The heavy weight of the attack helicopters slowed the formation’s advance prompting the MH-47 to outrun their armored escort. They knew the tremendous risk going into an active enemy area in daylight, without their attack support, and without the cover of night. Risk would, of course, be minimized if they put the helicopter down in a safe zone. But knowing that their warrior brothers were shot, surrounded and severely wounded, the rescue team opted to directly enter the oncoming battle in hopes of landing on brutally hazardous terrain.

As the Chinook raced to the battle, a rocket-propelled grenade struck the helicopter, killing all 16 men aboard.

On the ground and nearly out of ammunition, the four SEALs, Murphy, Luttrell, Dietz and Axelson, continued the fight. By the end of the two-hour gunfight that careened through the hills and over cliffs, Murphy, Axelson and Dietz had been killed. An estimated 35 Taliban were also dead.

The fourth SEAL, Luttrell, was blasted over a ridge by a rocket propelled grenade and was knocked unconscious. Regaining consciousness some time later, Luttrell managed to escape – badly injured – and slowly crawl away down the side of a cliff. Dehydrated, with a bullet wound to one leg, shrapnel embedded in both legs, three vertebrae cracked; the situation for Luttrell was grim. Rescue helicopters were sent in, but he was too weak and injured to make contact. Traveling seven miles on foot he evaded the enemy for nearly a day. Gratefully, local nationals came to his aid, carrying him to a nearby village where they kept him for three days. The Taliban came to the village several times demanding that Luttrell be turned over to them. The villagers refused. One of the villagers made his way to a Marine outpost with a note from Luttrell, and U.S. forces launched a massive operation that rescued him from enemy territory on July 2.

By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit and inspirational devotion to his men in the face of certain death, Lt. Murphy was able to relay the position of his unit, an act that ultimately led to the rescue of Luttrell and the recovery of the remains of the three who were killed in the battle.

This was the worst single-day U.S. Forces death toll since Operation Enduring Freedom began nearly six years ago. It was the single largest loss of life for Naval Special Warfare since World War II.

The Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community will forever remember June 28, 2005 and the heroic efforts and sacrifices of our special operators. We hold with reverence the ultimate sacrifice that they made while engaged in that fierce fire fight on the front lines of the global war on terrorism (GWOT).

-NSW-

OPERATION REDWING KIAs- On June 28, 2005, three of four SEALS on the ground (Murphy, Dietz, Axelson) were killed during combat operations in support of Operation Red Wing. ON the same say, a QRF of eight Navy SEALs and 8 Army Night Stalkers were also killed when the MH-47 helicopter that they were aboard was shot down by enemy fire in the vicinity of Asadabad, Afghanistan in Kumar Province.

Navy SEALs

SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y.

Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew G. Axelson, 29, of Cupertino, Calif.

Machinist Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Eric S. Patton, 22, of Boulder City, Nev.

Senior Chief Information Systems Technician (SEAL) Daniel R. Healy, 36, of Exeter, N.H.

Quartermaster 2nd Class (SEAL) James Suh, 28, of Deerfield Beach, Fla.

SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 2, Virginia Beach, Va.

Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny P. Dietz, 25, of Littleton, Colo.

SEAL Team 10, Virginia Beach, Va.

Chief Fire Controlman (SEAL) Jacques J. Fontan, 36, of New Orleans, La.

Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Erik S. Kristensen, 33, of San Diego, Calif.

Electronics Technician 1st Class (SEAL) Jeffery A. Lucas, 33, of Corbett, Ore.

Lt. (SEAL) Michael M. McGreevy Jr., 30, of Portville, N.Y.

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SEAL) Jeffrey S. Taylor, 30, of Midway, W.Va.

Army Night Stalkers

3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Hunter Army Air Field, Ga.

Staff Sgt. Shamus O. Goare, 29, of Danville, Ohio.

Chief Warrant Officer Corey J. Goodnature, 35, of Clarks Grove, Minn.

Sgt. Kip A. Jacoby, 21, of Pompano Beach, Fla.

Sgt. 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles, 33, of Shelbyville, Ind.

Maj. Stephen C. Reich, 34, of Washington Depot, Conn.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael L. Russell, 31, of Stafford, Va.

Chief Warrant Officer Chris J. Scherkenbach, 40, of Jacksonville, Fla.

HQ Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Master Sgt. James W. Ponder III, 36, of Franklin, Tenn.

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Official Citation

LIEUTENANT MICHAEL P. MURPHY

UNITED STATES NAVY

FOR SERVICE AS SET FORTH IN THE FOLLOWING

CITATION:

FOR CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY AND INTREPIDITY AT THE RISK OF HIS LIFE ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AS THE LEADER OF A SPECIAL RECONNAISSANCE ELEMENT WITH NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE TASK UNIT AFGHANISTAN ON 27 AND 28 JUNE 2005. WHILE LEADING A MISSION TO LOCATE A HIGH-LEVEL ANTI-COALITION MILITIA LEADER, LIEUTENANT MURPHY DEMONSTRATED EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM IN THE FACE OF GRAVE DANGER IN THE VICINITY OF ASADABAD, KONAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN. ON 28 JUNE 2005, OPERATING IN AN EXTREMELY RUGGED ENEMY-CONTROLLED AREA, LIEUTENANT MURPHY’S TEAM WAS DISCOVERED BY ANTI-COALITION MILITIA SYMPATHIZERS, WHO REVEALED THEIR POSITION TO TALIBAN FIGHTERS. AS A RESULT, BETWEEN 30 AND 40 ENEMY FIGHTERS BESIEGED HIS FOUR-MEMBER TEAM. DEMONSTRATING EXCEPTIONAL RESOLVE, LIEUTENANT MURPHY VALIANTLY LED HIS MEN IN ENGAGING THE LARGE ENEMY FORCE. THE ENSUING FIERCE FIREFIGHT RESULTED IN NUMEROUS ENEMY CASUALTIES, AS WELL AS THE WOUNDING OF ALL FOUR MEMBERS OF THE TEAM. IGNORING HIS OWN WOUNDS AND DEMONSTRATING EXCEPTIONAL COMPOSURE, LIEUTENANT MURPHY CONTINUED TO LEAD AND ENCOURAGE HIS MEN. WHEN THE PRIMARY COMMUNICATOR FELL MORTALLY WOUNDED, LIEUTENANT MURPHY REPEATEDLY ATTEMPTED TO CALL FOR ASSISTANCE FOR HIS BELEAGUERED TEAMMATES. REALIZING THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF COMMUNICATING IN THE EXTREME TERRAIN, AND IN THE FACE OF ALMOST CERTAIN DEATH, HE FOUGHT HIS WAY INTO OPEN TERRAIN TO GAIN A BETTER POSITION TO TRANSMIT A CALL. THIS DELIBERATE, HEROIC ACT DEPRIVED HIM OF COVER, EXPOSING HIM TO DIRECT ENEMY FIRE. FINALLY ACHIEVING CONTACT WITH HIS HEADQUARTERS, LIEUTENANT MURPHY MAINTAINED HIS EXPOSED POSITION WHILE HE PROVIDED HIS LOCATION AND REQUESTED IMMEDIATE SUPPORT FOR HIS TEAM. IN HIS FINAL ACT OF BRAVERY, HE CONTINUED TO ENGAGE THE ENEMY UNTIL HE WAS MORTALLY WOUNDED, GALLANTLY GIVING HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY AND FOR THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM. BY HIS SELFLESS LEADERSHIP, COURAGEOUS ACTIONS, AND EXTRAORDINARY DEVOTION TO DUTY, LIEUTENANT MURPHY REFLECTED GREAT CREDIT UPON HIMSELF AND UPHELD THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.

SIGNED GEORGE W. BUSH

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

 

 

Tactical Challenge Training Camp Starts 04.16!

Know someone who is considering the Salute, Inc. got freedom? Tactical Challenge Sunday, May 27 in downtown Arlington Heights … but isn’t quite sure they’re ready for the “unknown & unknowable”? Encourage them to register for the Salute, Inc. Tactical Challenge Training Camp via the Arlington Heights Park District and hosted by Elite Athletic Development / CrossFit Arlington Heights / CrossFit Axis.

Tactical Challenge Training Camp runs Monday & Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., April 16 – May 23. at Elite Athletic Development – CrossFit Arlington Heights, 12 West College Drive, Arlington Heights. This 12-class session is the ideal way for folks new to CrossFit to train for both portions of the Salute, Inc. Tactical Challenge: the 5k run and field events.

Questions? Email karen@eadperformancecenter.com