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Local athletes compete in Summer Strength Challenge event

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Courtesy photosLocal athletes Kayla Baumgardner (2nd) and Kelly Edelmann (3rd) placed among top finishers in the Summer Strength Challenge on Aug. 12 in Oroville, Calif.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; Last weekend, 10 local athletes participated in the Summer Strength Challenge hosted by Level 10 CrossFit in Oroville, Calif., with two of them finishing among the top three female athletes in the contest.

Kayla Baumgardner and Kelly Edelmann, who train at CrossFit Avalanche and Blizzard in Tahoe Vista and Truckee, took top ranks (second and third place, respectively) in the female event after participating in five different workouts throughout the day. Baumgardner missed the first place finish by only a second and a half in the final workout.

and#8220;This was my first time competing in the Summer Strength Challenge, and going into it, I had no expectations other than that I knew it would be hot in Oroville,and#8221; said Edelmann. and#8220;The final workout posed the biggest mental hurdle for me because of the rope climb element. In the past, I’ve had poor success with rope climbs, so it was a personal victory to not only complete the workout, but to do it well enough to place third overall in the competition.and#8221;

The four primary workouts, designed by Santos Reyes, owner at Level 10 CrossFit, to test the overall strength and fitness of participating athletes, ranged from two to 12 minutes each and were comprised of traditional CrossFit movements including flipping tractor tires, climbing walls, barbell deadlifts, overhead squats, jumping rope, ground to overhead lifts, rowing, rope climbs and more.

CrossFit encourages strength and conditioning through functional movement, and accomplishes it through a combination of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, cardio and other movements that by design, are broad, general and include variety.

Participants competed in events throughout the day in the 105-degree heat, among athletes from gyms as far away as Redding, Sacramento and the Bay Area.

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Other local athletes, Kyle Railton and Simon Ray, as well as CrossFit Avalanche/Blizzard owner Myles Lewis, had success with the first four workouts and qualified to participate in the fifth and final workout. Railton was the second place finisher in the first workout; Lewis performed well throughout the day, finishing among the top three in the qualifying four workouts and within the top five overall for the men.

and#8220;This was the first CrossFit competition for Kenny Blum, one of our athletes from CrossFit Blizzard, our Truckee location, and he did really well. He finished all four workouts under the time cap and put forth an impressive effort including nine muscle ups in a row,and#8221; said Travis Weaver, CrossFit Avalanche/Blizzard owner and coach.

The contest also served as an opportunity for Level 10 CrossFit to raise money for the nonprofit organization and#8220;For One Another,and#8221; the purpose of which is to provide clean, safe drinking water solutions and raise the standards of living for all to achieve health, happiness, and endless opportunity.

In early September, CrossFit Blizzard will host a fundraiser workout at its Truckee location in the Pioneer Commerce Center, with each participating athlete responsible for raising money to support the recovery efforts of the victims of the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting. For information, visit http://www.CrossFitBlizzard.com.