On Aug. 31, CrossFit Gold Rush in Grass Valley held a memorial workout for the 19 Arizona firefighters who lost their lives while fighting a wildfire in Arizona back in June.
One of the gym’s co-owners, Jesse Hodorowski, is a firefighter with the City of Davis Fire Department.
“These firefighters paid the ultimate price protecting their community,” Hodorowski said. “Today (Saturday), we are supporting their families through our CrossFit community by raising money for them while honoring the fallen with a workout. Much like firefighters do, CrossFit takes care of its members and I’m proud to be part of that.”
Historically, CrossFit’s owners have released certain “Hero WODs” (Workouts of the Day) named after fallen soldiers that are meant to acknowledge the greater sacrifices made by these men and women every day.
The “Hotshots 19” workout was specially created in memory of these 19 firefighters, who lost their lives fighting a wildfire in Yarnell, Ariz.
The 19 men were all members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighting team and ranged in age from 21 to 43. They were killed while fighting the wildfire June 30.
On Saturday, CrossFit Gyms around the country hosted similar events as a unifying effort to acknowledge the men who were killed and to raise money for the surviving families. Participating gyms had members complete the “Hotshots 19” workout consisting of a timed sequence of exercises, including squats, power cleans, pull-ups and running intervals.
CrossFit Gold Rush, like the greater CrossFit community, has members who are active firefighters and military personnel. These men and women are often dedicated to CrossFit training as sport, but also train in order to meet the physical demands of their jobs. Indeed, many of the 19 Hotshots firefighters were active CrossFitters.
During the event, the gym opened its doors to members and non-members alike. Another local firefighter and gym member, Shawn Entz, attended with some of his crew members from Nevada County Consolidated Fire District.
“We were there supporting our fellow firefighters and fallen brothers,” said Entz. “And we were there to support their families as well. To have something like that happen to such an elite group as the Hotshots has been a huge loss within the firefighting community.”
The event was publicized ahead of time and extended to all affiliate CrossFit gyms for participation. y.
“We have great people that want to do whatever they can to help out,” said co-owner Andi Hodorowski. “Our gym raised over $400 along with the CrossFit community raising nearly $200,000 during the event.”
All donations collected during the event will go to the CrossFit Kids Foundation, which will distribute 100 percent of the funds to the surviving families.