On August 6, 2011, U.S. Army Rangers were on a mission to kill or capture a high value target in the Tangi Valley of Afghanistan, about 40 miles southwest of Kabul.  During the pre-dawn raid, several Taliban fighters were killed or captured, however other groups of fighters were seen massing for a possible counterattack on the Rangers.  An immediate reaction force of 30 service members, many of whom were U.S. Navy SEALs, and one military working dog, flew in to assist the Rangers on a CH-47D Chinook helicopter, call sign Extortion One-Seven.

As the Chinook approached the landing zone, a previously undetected RPG team emerged from a building and fired two rocket propelled grenades at the helicopter, one of which struck the rear rotor, downing the helicopter and killing all on board.  In the wake of this tragedy, a fundraising WOD was created in 2011 to help support the 30 families who lost loved ones that day.  This eventually became the 31 Heroes Project and has since become an annual event, raising over $1.5 million for our nation’s veterans and their medical needs after returning home from combat.

On Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 9AM, CrossFit Frederick will once again honor these warriors and support this worthy cause by hosting the 31 Heroes WOD.

31 Minute AMRAP

8 Thrusters (155#/105#)

6 Rope Climbs (15 foot ascent)

11 Box Jumps (30”/24”)

This is a team WOD.  While Partner 1 works, Partner 2 runs 400m with a sandbag (45#/25#).   When Partner 2 returns from the run they pick up where Partner 1 left off and Partner 1 runs with the sandbag, alternating during the allotted time.

This is a challenging WOD and scaling is available if you are not ready for Rx.

In previous years, participants would pay a registration fee to 31 Heroes and receive an event shirt.  The organizers have changed it up a bit for this year and are asking that you fundraise/donate $75 and in return they will send you an event shirt.  You don’t need to donate to attend CFF’s 31 Heroes WOD, but if you would like to donate you can register HERE.

This WOD will be conducted during the 9AM time slot.  All other classes will occur as normally scheduled that day.  While you do not need to fundraise or donate to participate, we do ask that you pre-register for this 9AM class via CFF's MindBody scheduling software, prior to the event.

So come out on Saturday, August 6, as we honor the sacrifice these brave soldiers, sailors and airmen made to protect our freedom.

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