Whaaaat was that?! The 4th Annual Atlantic Hopper Event went down in the books as one of the biggest CrossFit events to hit the East Coast! We had 151 people registered to compete (up from 104 last year) and hundreds of spectators jammed into CrossFit Moncton to cheer on their family and friends.
There were some VERY impressive performances from both the men and women. But the highlight of my day was watching the kid’s heat. I think some dirt blew into my eye when I heard the roof blow off from all the cheering for the kiddos. They are the future and they are going to kick ass!
Thanks to the generous sponsors! The prizes are getting bigger and better every year. And thank you affiliates for donating prizes.
The judges did an outstanding job this year. Even though I haven’t seen some of you since last year’s Hopper, it doesn’t seem like it. Always a pleasure to catch up with you.
Thank you to the volunteers for your tireless work all day. From re-stocking the washrooms, to “directing” traffic and changing equipment, the entire day was flawless. I received so many comments on how smooth the day went, and I owe it all to you.
Great energy at the gym yesterday! Thanks to all that came out to cheer.
Now to start planning next year… expect to see another twist!
This weekend is the CrossFit Games. If you haven’t seen any of it yet, check out this live stream – Spectator Stream. Today is the last day of competition and it’s going to be epic. The event started with a 700m swim, 8km bike and 11km run. And then a boat load of other stuff all weekend. To say it’s amazing would be an understatement.
However, I do find something even more amazing than the athletes at the Games.
The athletes at CrossFit Moncton amaze me the most.
We have Christine, who is doing full depth squats, after undergoing knee surgery not long ago.
We have Tim, who took a few months off, come back and run 3km (when he could have easily taken a “rest day”).
We have Mom, who is still lifting heavy and setting new personal records, even after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.
We have Natacha, who tore her achilles tendon playing frisbee, come back to the gym after three months and hit workouts like she never took time off.
And we have Gillyon, who did 150 double unders and 150 situps in 6 minutes, even after having an emergency C-section only 6 months ago.
There are SO many more amazing stories. The CrossFit Games athletes may be crazy strong and super fit, but it’s the members at CrossFit Moncton that give me goosebumps! Thanks for being so inspirational!
CrossFit Moncton is celebrating it’s 4th year in operation today. On July 5th, 2008, a group of random people met at a playground for the first ever CrossFit group workout in Moncton. We did a Hopper Workout by drawing exercises out of a bin (which gave birth to the Atlantic Hopper Event). Guess what workout we are doing today?!
I want to thank you – the members – for your continued support throughout the years. It is because of you that I was able to leave the world of teaching and begin my journey in CrossFit. It’s come a long way since doing pullups on monkey bars and box jumps on picnic tables. I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring.
As a small token of my appreciation, I baked cookies (Paleo-friendly) for any members that drop by the gym today.
Run 200m forward
50 Medicine ball cleans
40 Wall balls
30 Dumbbell swings
20 Box jumps
Run 400m backwards