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9/2/2013 6:01:00 AM
A weighty cause: 500 competitors come to Prescott for Hero Workout aiding Hotshots' families
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Hero Workout participants perform a weight-lifting exercise Saturday morning at Captain Crossfit in downtown Prescott. The workout, benefiting Granite Mountain Hotshots’ families, consisted of six rounds of squats, power cleans,
pull-ups and a 400-meter run.
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier
Hero Workout participants perform a weight-lifting exercise Saturday morning at Captain Crossfit in downtown Prescott. The workout, benefiting Granite Mountain Hotshots’ families, consisted of six rounds of squats, power cleans, pull-ups and a 400-meter run.
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier
A participant in the Hotshots 19 Hero Workout of the Day power-cleans 135 pounds Saturday morning in downtown Prescott.
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier
A participant in the Hotshots 19 Hero Workout of the Day power-cleans 135 pounds Saturday morning in downtown Prescott.

Patrick Whitehurst
The Daily Courier


PRESCOTT - More than five hundred competitors from across the nation flexed their muscles in Prescott Saturday as part of a memorial workout put on by CrossFit Inc. Called the Hotshot 19 Hero Workout of the Day (WOD), the Prescott event catalyzed a new worldwide workout phenomenon.

In Prescott, athletes competed in five CrossFit heats, each consisting of 100 competitors. Captain CrossFit, located on 6th Street in Prescott, hosted.

"All CrossFit affiliates across the world are doing this same workout on this day, for the Hotshots," CrossFit Trainer Tony Burris said. "This will happen annually. It may not be this large every year. This is the kickoff event for the Hero workout."

Participants competed from California, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and from within the state. Competitors included Rich Froning, a three-time CrossFit Games champion and former firefighter, and Lindsey Valenzuela, 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games second-place women's finisher, as well as others.

The workout consisted of six rounds of squats, weight-lifting power cleans, pull-ups and a 400-meter run. The run led participants by the memorial wall erected at Prescott Fire Department Station No. 7 in honor of the Hotshots.

Besides exercise, the Hero Workout event offered a number of vendors, food and side fundraisers benefiting the families of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished while battling the Yarnell Hill fire on June 30. Memorial T-shirts, including a shirt designed by a former Hotshot, were also sold at the games.

Burris helped organize the local workout. Like many of those who work out at the 6th Street location, he knew many of the Hotshots.

"Six of the Hotshots would work out here and train. They were all such good guys and we all came to be pretty good friends with them," Burris said.

CrossFit member Brittany Nelson from Prescott also struck up friendships with the six Hotshots at the gym. "We're here today to honor those firefighters by doing the workout in their name," she said.

"I love that everybody came together for a good cause," she added. "All the proceeds are going to the children of the Hotshot families. You have all these people coming together. Health and fitness is obviously really important to them and all walks of life are here, people that can do the workouts in their sleep and people where this is a struggle for them, and they're all here for a good reason."

Nelson has been an active CrossFit member for about a year.

"Before CrossFit I was a couch potato. I was overweight and couldn't even do a pushup. It's been really life-changing, because now I know I can do hard things," Nelson said.

Husband and wife Rob and Jacque Witte, from Maricopa, came to Saturday's game to compete. Both train in CrossFit at their local gym near Phoenix.

"We felt like it was an important thing to do. The owner of our gym is a firefighter and this is an important thing for him. We wanted to honor the firefighters who died and the ones who go out to keep us safe every day," said Jacque Witte.

Witte called the Saturday Hotshot 19 Hero WOD an "amazing" experience.

"There's so much support from all over the country for it," she said.

Rob Witte said the couple began CrossFit training as a way to stay healthy and in shape. The two train three to four hours each week.

"Our trainer is a firefighter captain. We always hear about all the different things they go through. We wanted to come and show our respect and how much we honor them," he said.






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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Article comment by: Being Real About It

To the posters that think this was a "come lately" charity event and a "name plug" for crossfit, you couldn't be more wrong. As a member of the crossfit community, I can tell you this event has been in the planning stages since soon after the tragedy. I bet the crossfit community started thinking about this charity event before any other charity. Crossfit is a workout community heavily participated in by firefighters, police, military, etc. As you read, 6 of the hotshots worked out at Captain Crossfit. This Memorial (Hero) WOD is the latest in a long line of WODs that crossfit gyms and members perform to honor people. It's just one of the great things about Crossfit and the community, not some come-lately name plug. Before blabbing, why don't you do some more research first. Start by googling "crossfit hero wod" and see all of the people different WODs have been dedicated to.

Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Article comment by: To:

To: "Boring, Boring Boring."
You sound like my 10 year old daughter.

To: "WWJD?" I agree. "Give it all away!"


Posted: Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Article comment by: WW JD?

@"Boring . . . . . . ."
Its your right not to believe ~ I do not tell lies but those who accuse others falsely oftentimes are the ones who do. Its called "projection"
I say ~ how much is too much? Give it away! Give give give to the homeless, to Yarnell residents, to the hotshot families if you are able and willing if not then focus your attentions on something else.
Viewed the hotshot memorial again this morning. Amazing how it keeps growing. What a beautiful thing to see!


Posted: Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Article comment by: Agatha Jane @Boring Boring Boring

Yes, you will see Hotshots fundraisers in 2014 one has been announced for a one-year observance and it will be a FUNDRAISER FOR THE SURVIVORS. And I believe another of the fundraisers was billed as "First Annual" which sounds like it will be repeated.

Posted: Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Article comment by: JM S

Can we move on, the holidays are upon us.

Posted: Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Article comment by: Boring, Boring Boring!

A little obvious that all the "late bloomer" fundraisers are looking for free photos, advertisement.

Generosity should be given without noteriety. Sickening. Are these fundraisers going to continue throughout 2014?

@WW JD Don't believe a word you say. Who do you think you are kidding? "Me thinks you doth protest too much".


Posted: Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Article comment by: Well Informed Resident

@Prescott Resident for 40 Year - since the McBurnie suit is supposedly going to settlement (lots of luck with that!), I assume you are referring to the Riley and Vicente law suits. I just know that you will be glad to hear both suits are alive and well although the Plaintiffs' lawyers are losing patience with the incompetence of the so-called special attorney retained by the COP at great cost to the taxpayers.

Posted: Monday, September 02, 2013
Article comment by: @ Prescott Resident for 40 years.

For an anonymous poster, the author certainly seem a conversant with, and very defensive of the Council's politics. Strangely the letter "40" was attempting to rebut, indicated the original author understood the City politician's positions about the benefits. and their declared inability to address the matter. His comments about "lawsuits" are interesting, as this publication noted a pending settlement of one matter (McBurnie) being discussed as recently as Election Night with the City Council.

The original post also did not single out an entity, but pointed out that the sheer volume of the stories that seems excessive and occasionally tasteless. Also missing was any of the issues "40" noted with President Obama, which reads like a riff from a low rated right wing radio show.

What did go unaddressed by the "40 year resident" is this.part...

"Nobody has held a cocked pistol to these politician's heads, and ordered them to say such inflammatory and counter productive things over and over again. Each time they do so, they become their own worst enemy. And ours. "




Posted: Monday, September 02, 2013
Article comment by: Tour de Pee Vee

This was such a great event. So much talent and compassion for each other while they compete.

Would love to see them run in the Tour de Pee Vee race. First place male and female runners for the half marathon win 250.00 each

Benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central AZ.


Posted: Monday, September 02, 2013
Article comment by: WW JD?

Who's to say enough is enough for these families? I say give all you have. Afterall, Jesus did just that. He gave His life.
Besides is isn't your business if/when people want to do fundraisers and others want to donate. So mind your own bees wax.
(Not a family member. Didn't know a hotshot either. Not a member of a firefighter. Just and reader of the DC).


Posted: Monday, September 02, 2013
Article comment by: Tellthe Truth

I think the cross-fit program is a wonderful idea but do you think you could have used a more suitable photo than this one? It looks like the person in the front is about ready to blow out their skivvies?

Posted: Monday, September 02, 2013
Article comment by: Julie Powers

Crossfit is a front runner in the contemporary fitness world. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate and establish appropriate personal performance goals. Captain Crossfit's leadership in the 8/31 event set the pace in Crossfit facilities throughout the United States and other countries. Their efforts promoted the activity, not their particular facility.


Posted: Monday, September 02, 2013
Article comment by: Prescott Resident for 40 Year

@ Just curious- seems like you have inside to let us know the truth and all of the policy issues that the City Council and Mayor have gotten wrong- you probably know the inside for the two year old lawsuits (that most charges have been dropped) and also the quotes that the press has written about (although none of us were there and don't know the facts or what was actually said)- so please share your inside knowledge!

By the way- if I remember right we were going to have a balanced budget and the unemployment rate was going to be under 4 percent --- ooops
if my memory reminds me we could have another war on our hands, the government could be shut down and might have a health care law that will shut down small business and break the country even more..... Now that is something that elected officials have said that does affect my day to day life......

The people of Prescott have spoken and the election is over- instead of watching the out of town press whose job is to make news out of un-factual information and who don't pay taxes or create jobs here in our City - I recommend that you be part of the solution instead of part of the finger pointing problem.

Sounds like you have a lot of inside info so run for an elected position and use your wisdom to the good. Good job by the Cross-Fit folks (which I am a local member) and to the residents who are making a difference here in Prescott. Good luck to those who dwell on spreading rumors and using the newspapers and out of two news reports to stir up drama about our fine City...


Posted: Monday, September 02, 2013
Article comment by: I Can't Help

but wonder all these fund raisers then wanting to get benefits for the part times ones at the taxpayers expense. Don't you wonder what allot of single moms who lost their spouse doing what he was paid to do think?

Posted: Monday, September 02, 2013
Article comment by: B. T.

Lots of hard work was gladly put into organizing this great event for a very important reason. A nationwide (worldwide even!) effort that was able to raise $168,555.00, and counting... (according to
https://hotshots19.crossfit.com/) doesn't deserve to be shamed or characterized as "...crass self-promotion...". In its simplest form, it was a successful event where people had fun and ultimately healed together.


Posted: Monday, September 02, 2013
Article comment by: TO: Just Curious

Notice how we haven't read anything about the status of the investigation into what happened? We continue to see stories ad nauseum about the silly IB investigation, but no investigation into the deaths of 19 firefighters. Unbelievable. I'm no conspiracy theorist, but it's got to make you wonder. (Doubt this will even get printed.)

Posted: Monday, September 02, 2013
Article comment by: Very well put by

Just Curious........................."Ditto"

Posted: Monday, September 02, 2013
Article comment by: Just Curious

Nobody had issues with the first few weeks of Yarnell related fundraisers coverage. Now the stories are getting hugely tasteless. It's not about the victims anymore, It's become a saga of crass self promotion and free PR. and as ever needless drama.

There are serious issues surrounding Yarnell, and this community needs serious leadership and a serious newspaper to solve them. Between the free advertorials for those seeking to leverage the tragedy financially and the robotic stream of letters and comments about the benefits, its become a toxic and stupid exercise in needless division. We should not have to rely on Google, and the Phoenix News Media for serious investigative coverage of what happened and why. Sadly, that is what we are left with, with all these bandwidth wasting stories.

It may have been good politics, to blame some mythical outside forces for all the benefits drama. but we all know the truth. There is a laundry list of policy issues that Marlin Kuykendall and his council allies have gotten wrong. The benefits matter was not one of these, and we get that their hands are tied for reasons explained and explained again. But nobody has held a cocked pistol to these politician's heads, and ordered them to say such inflammatory and counter productive things over and over again. Each time they do so, they become their own worst enemy. And ours.



Posted: Monday, September 02, 2013
Article comment by: Sheila Laurence

This was an amazing event! Great job to Tony, Steve, Sam and everyone who worked so very hard to put this together. Crossfit is a great community.

Posted: Monday, September 02, 2013
Article comment by: Doctor Bob

When reading this article I noticed they managed to get the 'CrossFit' brand name in at least 10 times.I'm sure this was done with the best of intentions but it kind of makes ya wonder.



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