Community Beyond Our Community

Apr 19th, 2012

Category: CrossFit

Community Beyond Our Community

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.

Rope climbs
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.


  1. jason barrow 04/20/2012 at 1:02 am

    Somehow I went through 29 years of life without ever attempting to climb a rope.. Got my first rope climb tonight.

    WOD: 182 Rx

    Jared beat me by 2 reps. He always beats me. For that reason he is officially my Crossfit Nemesis. One day soon I’m going to give him such a beatdown it’ll send him back to the globo gym. Run and tell that!

    Arik mentioned tonight how weak these comments have been. Couldn’t agree more. The competitors following The Program are over there posting every detail down to how many times they go to the bathroom and we don’t have a single person posting their WOD results over here on most days!?!?

  2. Meg C 04/19/2012 at 11:45 pm

    I’m happy to offer an extra hour, even an hour earlier if you’d prefer, Amy. Whatever you need.

  3. Lexi 04/19/2012 at 5:20 pm

    Ames- I will stay an extra hour after running (or fast walking, in my case)! I’ll hang around for the day, so I’ll be there for whatever you need help with!

  4. Bish 04/19/2012 at 4:21 pm

    I am running the race, but I might be good for a faceoff or two, let me know what you need.

  5. Amy 04/19/2012 at 2:30 pm

    Some of you volunteered at 10, and the race starts at 10. If I give you guys spots I need 3 hours of volunteer time. So please confirm with me if you will be staying after for an hour if you are going to do that. Thanks.

    • Amy C 04/19/2012 at 3:00 pm

      Oops! Sorry about that. Petra and I (Amy) are both in to stay for another hour and help with whatever you need! Thanks- looking forward to it! 🙂

  6. Alec 04/19/2012 at 12:50 pm

    Alden, this is the farm:

    Best sausages I’ve ever eaten

  7. Goose 04/19/2012 at 2:34 am

    May 20th, hopefully Amy will get our wedding date right.

  8. guest 04/19/2012 at 2:21 am
    Race Day
    Sunday, May 20

    8:00 AM
    Packet Pickup opens
    9:45 AM
    Packet Pickup closes, Runners at starting line
    9:55 AM
    Wheelchair race starts
    10:00 AM
    Race Starts!
    11:00 AM
    All Runners in
    12:00 Noon
    Awards Ceremony
    1:30 PM
    Last Call
    2:00 PM
    Party ends

  9. Kristin K 04/19/2012 at 2:17 am

    Put me down for the 7am-10am shift. (I can’t type into the sign up sheet.) My father has ALS and I can tell you there’s not enough money or research going into finding a cure for this disease. Not only is there no cure, but there is no real treatment either. This is a great cause and I hope that everyone will come out and support it!

  10. Anonymous 04/19/2012 at 2:15 am

    Wish I could go guys, but sister is graduating College that day…let me know if you guys need any help later on in the day before getting stuff together for Sunday

  11. Nicole D 04/19/2012 at 2:09 am

    May 20th, right?

  12. Meg C 04/19/2012 at 2:06 am

    Sorry to point out a date again, but March 12th? Any chance its not May 12th?