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Anniversary Party Recap
It wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t brag on my Old School team repeating in the Anniversary Party Throwdown. Last Saturday we celebrated the 5th year anniversary of CrossFit Chicago with three events. We started off the day with CFC Memorial Run, where we headed down Elston and Cortland passed the old 1962 Clybourn location to run through the original CrossFit Chicago 400 and 800m run route. Events 2 and 3 ran athletes through a clean and jerk gauntlet, and the final event was a team chipper with wall balls, rowing, burpees, kettlebell swings, box jumps, and deadlifts.
The Memorial run kicked off at 9 am with over 45 CFC members participating. BrettR and DanaF helped secure the win for the Old school on this finishing 1st and 3rd. JohnS and DavidM finished 2nd and 4th, but were unable to bump the Middle School team in 2nd. New Schooler ErvinG rounded out the top 5 for men.
Coach RachelF of the High School team led the women’s run event, and was 9th overall. Fellow coach and High Schooler KaceyF was 2nd in the women’s run. Middle Schoolers AlexaT and LaurenA contributed to the team with 3rd and 5th place finishes on the women’s side, and MelissaD finished 4th in the women’s group to help the Old School to a 1st place finish on the run.
In the second event the ladies went first on a clean and jerk gauntlet that started at 55 pounds and increased to 195. The ladies started a trend that continued to the men’s side with the PR bell ringing every minute or two. The Middle Schoolers nearly missed winning the event with three of the top five finishes, including an impressive 185 by ElizabethP. JessicaH hit a 165 clean and jerk for 2nd and AlexaT got another top 5 finish hitting 145 for the Middle School. High Schoolers and CFC coaches KellyJ, 155, and KaceyF, 145 helped the team get a 1st place finish.
On the men’s side, the event began at 115 and worked up to 285. ChrisS and Coach BryceW led charge tying for 1st at 275, and BrettR got third with a PR lift of 265 to give the Old School team the top 3 lifts and a win on the men side. CamL of the High School team hit 255 for 4th, and Middle Schooler ZackJ clean and jerked 235 for a new PR and a 5th place finish.
In the final event teams of three or four completed 1 round of: 20 wall balls (20/14) 20 burpees, a 20 calorie row, 20 box jumps (20/14), 20 kettlebell swings, (55/35), and 20 deadlifts (225/135). The team of DanaF, BrettR, ChrisS, and BryceW got the old school team the win in 8:32. Team CamL, 2nd, and Team KellyJ, 5th, helped the High School team with times of 10:06 and 10:30 to get the High School team in 2nd place overall, and Middle School teams ElizabethP and JessicaH tied for 3rd, both finishing in in 10:20.
All in all competition or no competition it was great to see athletes putting their best efforts out there for a fun day of workouts, and to celebrate the success of longevity of one of the best CrossFit gyms in the country. Looking forward to another year of bringing on new members, seeing new PR’s across the board, and improving the fitness and health of all members at CrossFit Chicago.