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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 Sunday, August 4, 2019, at 9AM, CrossFit Frederick will once again honor these warriors and support this worthy cause by hosting the 31 Heroes WOD.  Only the 9AM class will be held that day and a potluck party/BYOB will immediately follow the WOD.  Please sign up for a dish to share at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44aca929abfd0-31heroes

Note that CFF is closed Saturday, August 3rd for a powerlifting competition.

The Workout:

31 Minute AMRAP

8 Thrusters (155#/105#)

6 Rope Climbs

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.

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 if you would like to donate you can register here. https://www.classy.org/give/67253/#!/donation/checkout The link will take you to options where you can fundraise for the 31 Heroes Project or just order a shirt.

We hope you will come out and honor these brave warriors on August 4th at 9AM.