CrossFit athletes will meet in South Lake Tahoe this weekend to compete in the fourth annual Fittest of the Sierras to benefit global projects.
South Tahoe CrossFit will host Fitness of Sierra June 15 to 16 with proceeds going to charity partner the Growing Worldwide Opportunity Foundation. The charity funds humanitarian projects to support education, social entrepreneurship and healthcare.
South Tahoe Crossfit first partnered with GWOF in 2010, hosting nine CrossFit gyms from the Reno or Tahoe area. During the past four years, the event has grown to include more than 30 gyms extending well beyond the Sierra Nevada. The event raises almost $5,000 each year for GWOF, and is used to benefit both regional and international projects.
These projects have helped provide access to healthcare in Gigante, Nicaragua, increased access to clean water around the world, provided scholarships to entrepreneurs in the local area and much more.
“The Crossfit community is competitive and generous, which is why this event continues to grow,” said Dusty Wunderlich, cofounder of GWOF. “This competition is an opportunity to bring those athletes together and battle it out for a good cause.”
The two-day event will test the stamina, strength and speed of more than 120 competitors through a series of five physical challenges called Workouts of the day, or WODs. Each WOD varies in degree of difficulty and includes double-under jump roping, running with cast iron kettle bells and a variety of heavy weightlifting. Athletes are scored on a point system and the winner receives a prize package from sponsors as well as bragging rights as the fittest man or woman of the Sierra.
The event will be held on Saturday, June 15, at South Tahoe Crossfit and on Sunday, June 16, at the South Tahoe Community Sports Complex at the South Tahoe Middle School. This event is free to spectators. For more information, visit www.fittestofthesierras.org.