The 5th Annual Randy Simmons Challenge takes place on October 20, 2012 at the LAPD Academy. Events include a 5K run (on some serious hilly terrain), 26 mile and 52 mile Cycles, and an individual or team CrossFit workout. Last year, runners and cyclists had time to complete their events before the CrossFit workout so folks could participate in both if they desired. I’ve competed in a number of CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting, and Running events but the Randy Simmons Challenge was by far my favorite. Last year was the first year including a CrossFit workout into the Randy Simmons challenge and so many folks enjoyed participating or watching that it’s back this year. Unlike most other CrossFit events, it only consists of one workout so you’re not there all day. I really enjoyed the venue, as that was my first encounter with the original LAPD Academy. It’s also nice knowing that all the proceeds go to Randy’s Outreach Foundation. Another plus was the emphasis of the workout wasn’t simply to challenge yourself, but to maintain good movement and technique while pushing through the Fight Gone Bad style workout. The judges chose the winner based on the best “form” and the number of repetitions completed. As you can see from the photo above we were fortunate to have won first place!
It’s all those things and more that really make the Randy Simmons CrossFit Challenge an excellent experience for CrossFitters from beginners to advanced. Sure there is friendly competition between teams but at the end everyone congratulates one another on their effort and appreciates what Randy and this event stand for. Everyone is there to enjoy themselves and I never found myself taking things too seriously or getting nervous like I do at other competitions. It’s the lowest threat competition experience outside of the CFI Games later this month. The 5K run is also one of the toughest courses in LA, and the hilly terrain is sure to make you dig deep to finish.
I posted about Randy before, but his life beyond the badge and gun was dedicated to the service of others, and this day is a way for us to recognize not only Randy’s heroism but the qualities that made him a man who inspired others. To learn more about Randy please visit the site created to honor his memory, or his Outreach Foundation found here. If you’re interested in participating in any of the Randy Simmons Challenge events please visit the Active.com registration page here to sign up. For those interested in signing up for the CrossFit team workout, please post your interest in today’s comments or let your coach know so we can gauge how many are interested. It’s sure to be a great time!
3 Rounds (not for time):
5 Good Mornings
10 Front Squats
Max Strict Pullups
*Compare weight and number of pullups to 3.12.12*