We attended our first “charity WOD” on Saturday (neither myself nor my wife are the owners of stacks and stacks of 5K run t-shirts, LOL) and it was a great experience. The event was called Pink for Paige and if you missed it you can still donate whenever you want. You can read more about Paige here, but long story short, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called retinoblastoma when she was four months old. After surgery that took one of her eyes, a follow-up appointment a couple months later revealed new tumors in her other eye. Laser treatment and chemotherapy followed and she was in remission in March. In June, another tumor appeared and the family’s only option now is to pursue a promising type of therapy that requires them to travel to New York frequently. Knowing the struggle this puts on Paige’s family financially, her CrossFit family at CrossFit Adamant in Olathe, KS threw the Pink for Paige event and it was a huge success!
We showed up and the line of athletes was out the door. I think we both got pretty nervous being one of a handful of bigger people floating in a sea of extremely fit and good looking people who were mostly younger than us. My wife actually said she wasn’t going to do the workout because she was that intimidated, but luckily we ran into one of our 5:45AM workout friends from CrossFit I-35 and she convinced Krista to go for it. They had so many people there that they changed the WOD from 13 minutes to 8 minutes, which was met with a lot of cheering and high-fiving from everyone in the crowd! They broke everyone up into about 10-12 heats for the challenge.
I did Level 2, which was an 8 minute AMRAP of 3 deadlifts at 225#, 6 wall balls with a 20# medicine ball to a 10′ target (actual target rather than the wall we use at CrossFit I-35, which I think I liked better) and 9, you guessed it, burpees. I completed four full rounds and the deadlifts and one wall ball throw of the 5th round. I was happy with that. The burpees were killer, as usual, and I think because the triplet involved such short reps that people tended to blow up a bit faster than if it had been paced different (i.e. 40 burpees in one shot instead of 9 at a time).
CrossFit Adamant did a great job hosting the event and I heard they raised over $10,000, although I haven’t confirmed that. I can’t imagine a better way to spend a Saturday morning, and the $35 donation from each of us to participate was well worth it. Krista even won a Garmin GPS running watch as a door prize, but because we aren’t runners we’re going to sell it and donate whatever we get back to Paige’s family.
I encourage you to check out Paige’s page linked above and if you have something to spare for her family this is a great way to spend your dollars. All the money goes straight to the family, so it doesn’t get any easier or cleaner than that.