Effective Solutions Through Partnership

Fight4Life Success!

Community Service, Sacramento

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By Melissa McManus

If you were able to make it out to Crossfit Centurion in Rancho Cordova on May 30th, you saw Fight4Life had a great turnout. This first annual event drew in a large crowd of people. The event had over 130 competitors, multiple vendors–metro fire, Sacramento County SWAT, and K-9–as well as multiple sponsors. The event raised almost $19,000 for the First Responder Support Network (FRSN)–amazing!

To provide a small taste of what each competitor signed up for in support of FRSN, here are some information about how the day’s activities transpired. The competitors participated in one of five heats at the event in a workout called Fight Gone Bad (you will understand the name as you read on). There were five movements associated with the workout, including:

  1. Wall balls
  2. Kettle bell swings
  3. Push press
  4. Rowing for calories
  5. Box jumps

Each competitor had one minute at each station to complete as many reps as possible of each movement. Once they got through all five stations/movements, they had a three-minute rest and then they did it all over again. They did this for three rounds. Multiple competitors–both men and women–scored over 300 reps. It was an amazing showing of strength, endurance, and determination.

The day was filled with hard work, fun, and camaraderie as competitors cheered one another on. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible, to all of the volunteers who came and assisted with making sure the event went smoothly, to the competitors who literally sweat for this cause, to the vendors who donated their time and products, and to the sponsors who donated their time and resources. You are all greatly appreciated.

About the Author: Melissa McManus has five years of research experience as well as over a decade of experience working in the educational sector spanning from TK through Adult education. Melissa has a Masters in counseling, received from California State University, Fresno and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership with a focus in Human Resource Development. Melissa’s professional interests include human behavior, research, writing, coaching, training, and knowledge transfer. On a more personal note, Melissa is involved in community service efforts including serving as chair of her children’s school site council, volunteering her time as an art docent, and serving in the library of her local church. In her free time when she is not running her kids to gymnastics or karate, Melissa enjoys reading (a lot), wine tasting, Crossfit, being with friends/family, and spending time with her husband and two children.

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