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Athletes raise thousands for Colorado shooting victims

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Courtesy photoScott Frykberg performs the power snatch during CrossFit Blizzardand#8217;s weekend fundraising event.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Athletes from CrossFit Avalanche and CrossFit Blizzard in Tahoe Vista and Truckee participated in a fundraising workout event benefiting the victims of the Aurora, Colo. theater shooting. Through sponsor donations, more than $11,000 was raised, with more still coming in. The funds will be transferred to, a nonprofit organization providing support to the victims and families of the theater shooting.

and#8220;In the aftermath of the Colorado theater massacre, it became evident that many of the victims donand#8217;t have, or have limited medical insurance. We decided we wanted to help raise money to help with their recovery efforts,and#8221; said Travis Weaver, owner of CrossFit Avalanche and Blizzard. and#8220;We selected the and#8216;Hopeand#8217; workout for this event as we knew it would be both challenging and rewarding.and#8221;

and#8220;Hopeand#8221; consists of three rounds of: burpees; 75 lb.-power snatch (55 lb. for women); box jump, 24and#8221; box (20and#8221; box for women); 75 lb.-thruster (55 lb. for women); and chest to bar pull-ups.

In this workout you move from each of five stations after a minute. This is a 5-minute round from which a 1-minute break is allowed before repeating. The clock does not reset or stop between exercises. On the call of and#8220;rotate,and#8221; the athletes must move to the next station immediately in order to achieve a good score. One point is given for each rep.

The event took place Saturday afternoon at CrossFit Blizzard, located in the Pioneer Commerce Center in Truckee. Forty athletes participated in the eight heats of the workout, with friends and family members there to cheer them on. Most athletes completed between 150-190 reps, with the top five completing more than 230. Myles Lewis, co-owner of CrossFit Avalanche and Blizzard was the top finisher, completing 268 reps in the 15 minutes of work.

and#8220;Iand#8217;m really pleased not only with the support our members and their sponsors have shown for this fundraising effort, but in the hard work that was demonstrated by all of the participants during the workout,and#8221; said Weaver. and#8220;It was a fun way to come together in support of a great cause.and#8221;

CrossFit encourages strength and conditioning through functional movement, and accomplishes it through a combination of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, cardio and other movements that are varied and designed to prepare participants for anything.

CrossFit Avalanche is located at 7011 National Ave., #4, Tahoe Vista, and may be reached at 530-546-7703. CrossFit Blizzard is located at 10775 Pioneer Trail Unit, #101, Truckee, and may be reached at 530-550-7501. Visit

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