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 out to assist the Rangers in 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 tail 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 from combat.

On Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 9AM, CrossFit Frederick will once again honor these warriors and support this worthy cause by hosting the 31 Heroes WOD.

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

You don’t need to register to attend CFF’s 31 Heroes WOD, but we are hoping that everyone joins the CFF team.  Our team goal is to raise $1000 for the 31 Heroes Project.  When you join the team and create your own fundraising page and you raise at least $31, you get a code for a limited edition 31 Heroes t-shirt.  Of course, we encourage everyone to spread the word and raise even more!

What You Need To Know

Register for the CFF Team   Sign up and raise $31 by July 20 to guarantee your shirt will arrive in time for the event.

More Info on the 31 Heroes Project

Find a partner

Doors open at 8:30 AM on Saturday, August 4.  No other WODs or gym times will be offered that day.  The 31 Heroes WOD begins at 9AM.

Bring a dish to share for a potluck meal/BYOB following the WOD from 1000-1200

Drop-ins are welcome, $10 fee.  Please arrive early to fill out a waiver.


We hope to see everyone on August 4th to celebrate and honor the lives of those lost defending our freedom.