CrossFit Southie will be teaming up with Harpoon at the Harpoon 5-miler on Sunday, May 20th to help raise money for the Angel Fund. The Angel Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting ALS investigations at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research, internationally recognized for its ground-breaking work in the fight against this devastating illness.
What is ALS?
ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease) is a progressive and ultimately fatal neurological disease that attacks the motor neurons in the brain, brain stem and spinal cord. The resulting motor neuron loss causes increasingly debilitating paralysis as the muscles of the body waste away. Death comes when victims lose critical functions such as the ability to swallow and ultimately, to breathe.
ALS is particularly insidious because the intellect remains intact throughout the course of the disease. Victims are cruelly aware of their fate as they gradually lose the ability to control their muscles, to communicate, and eventually to breathe.
The cause of ALS is unknown. There is no known effective preventative treatment, and there is no known cure. There is, however, promising research currently underway. Your support can help advance this important work to find a cure for ALS.
Corey Johnson works over at Harpoon and had the idea to get our community involved. The Harpoon races are always full with Southie residents who like to stay fit just like you and me. We want to give these people the opportunity to get a taste of CrossFit and show them how much fun we have.
There are two ideas that we came up with:
1. Bet on the athletes: Every 15 minutes there will be a face-off between 2 athletes. To sign up for this you need to be an experienced crossfitter with pretty good form with most movements. A short WOD will be pulled out of the hopper and spectators will bet on who they think will take the wod. Winners will get some beer tickets, and possibly a t-shirt.
2. Participant Challenge: This will hopefully consist of a sandbag run, or a row, and burpees. 5 people can sign up at a time. They must make a donation to participate. I will need volunteers to run these heats, take down the best times, and receive the donations.
Please click here (just type your name into the bracket) to sign-up for a face-off or to volunteer at the tent. The first 5 people who sign-up to volunteer, who also want to run the race, I will give a free spot to. This is a really great opportunity to raise money for a good cause, show our local community what CrossFit is all about, and hang out with the CrossFit Southie crew. There will be lots of beers flowing, and I am sure as you can imagine…lots of entertainment.
5 Minutes of Rowing for calories
4 Minutes of Box Jumps
3 Minutes of Rope Climbs
2 Minutes of wallballs
1 minute of wall climbs
Rope climbs can be scaled by lying on the floor and pulling yourself up to a standing position.
Wall climbs can be subbed with hand release push ups.