Police, firefighters raise more than $2,500 for charities

Sep. 28, 2013 @ 05:48 PM

Police, firefighters and the community came together Saturday to sweat it out for a cause.
Competing in various physical challenges, the Guns and Hoses Crossfit Charity Challenge allowed police and firefighters to join the public in raising money for charity, and get fit in the process.
The event was sponsored and held at 336 Crossfit on N. Main St.
“We have several police officers and firefighters that are members of the gym, so we came up with the idea to try and raise some money for their charities,” said Ben Sturgill, owner of 336 Crossfit. “We wanted a fun way to raise money while getting fitness involved for everybody. The feedback has been great.”
The event was open to the public, allowing gym members and nonmembers, police officers, firefighters and children a chance to compete in the challenge, get fit and raise money for two different charities.
The rotations, or “heats”, of the workout lasted about 20 minutes. They included 1 minute of pull ups, 1 minute of over-the-box jumps, 1 minute of thrusters, 1 minute of burpees and 1 minute of rest.
High Point police Capt. Travis Stroud said he participated because physical fitness is important on the job, and Special Olympics is a worthy cause.
“We never know what we are going to get into out on the street, so we have to be physically fit,” Stroud said. “Ben has been a big supporter for the police department and fire department.”
Stroud, tactical team commander, challenged a member of the fire department to do one round in tactical turnout gear.
Firefighter Matt Reece met the challenge and completed it, while wearing almost 100 pounds of gear.
“This event supports a good cause,” Reece said. “I heard the challenge and said OK.”
John Cavanaugh attended the event because of his passion for crossfit and the police officers and firefighters that risk their lives to serve others.
“They lay their lives on the line, and these are great charities,” Cavanaugh said. “These people deserve a lot more than they get. Anything that they are involved in, I’m happy to be involved in.”
There also were police and fire vehicles on display, a K-9 demo, shirts for sale and the Truckin’ With Tipsy’z food truck.
There was $2,800 raised during the challenge, $300 more than the goal, to be split between N.C. Special Olympics for the police department and the Fill the Boot campaign for burn victims for the fire department.
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