What is it?:
“On August 6, 2011, a tragedy shook the military community and Americans everywhere. In a single instance, America lost 30 military service members, many of whom were members of the Navy SEAL community—and one military K9– when an Extortion 17 helicopter was downed in Afghanistan.
In the wake of the unimaginable tragedy, a mission was born. Following the downing of Extortion 17, a fundraising WOD—hosted at more than 430 gyms around the country with more than 10,000 participants—raised $300,000 over a four-week period to support the 30 families affected. This prompted the organizers to create The 31Heroes Project to remember our fallen heroes and take care of their loved ones.
Humbled by the massive response and inspired by the impact on the families of these heroes, 31Heroes recognized an opportunity to reach even more families. Soon, new events and WODs were organized with the help of a growing network of passionate volunteers.
Today, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we assist athletes and event organizers around the country with tools and resources to continue the legacy of selflessness and comradery of August 6, 2011.
Through strategic alliances with other organizations we can ensure that all proceeds directly fund programs that support service members and their families, including the Navy SEAL community.
Since our first event in 2011, more than $1.5 million has been given back to our nation’s heroes and their families through grant-making opportunities and partnership programs. In 2015, The 31Heroes Project launched the initiative to send a designated number of veterans to distinguished brain centers across the country to receive cutting-edge treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Traumatic Brain Injury.”
CrossFit West and CrossFit Ready will has registered to host the 31Heroes WOD on Saturday August 8th. We will have 2 heats 1 at 9am and 1 at 10:am at our CrossFit West location, please note, we will be closed at our Ready location on Saturday August 8th. West opens these classes to those outside of the West and Ready community as an opportunity to workout in remembrance. For this event we will charge no drop in fee, but just ask you donate to the 31Heroes project. (Link here). We will run this workout in teams of 2 (any combo, guy/guy. Lady/lady. Lady/guy.) If you do not have any CrossFit experience, that’s okay, we will appropriately scale for you. We promise no matter what work you do, it will be hard and pretty awesome. This is an amazing opportunity to come together as a community and do one of the things we do best. . . support each other. Support our community and the men and women who serve it, and defend it for us. ”
So please join us, get signed up at the gym ( Sign up sheet will be up tomorrow afternoon at West and Ready) You can also get registered at the 31Heroes website and get a t-shirt with your donation. For more information about the WOD, get registered, and donate, click here. Pick CrossFit West as your gym when you register!!
When: August 8th
Where: CrossFit West (CrossFit Ready will be closed on August 8th)
In teams of 2.
31 min AMRAP
8-6-11 reps in memory of August 6, 2011
8 Thrusters (155/105#)
6 Rope Climbs (15 ft. ascent)
11 Box Jumps (30/24)
– Partner 1 performs the workout listed above. Partner 2 runs 400m with a sandbag or plate. When Partner 2 returns from the run, Partner 1 will grab the sandbag or plate, and begin their 400m run, while Partner 2 continues the workout where Partner 1 left off.