May 21, 2009
Mike Morris and John Burrow are firefighters in Washington state.
We discovered CrossFit just over three years ago and quickly recognized the CrossFit prescription of fitness would increase our effectiveness as firefighters and improve our health. Now over 50 percent of our 50-member department participates at work or through a local affiliate
As our fitness and awareness of CrossFit increased, we wanted to combine the charitable work of the Northshore Fire Foundation with our new passion. Last year we decided to merge our love of CrossFit with our desire to raise money for the Northwest Burn Foundation, raising awareness about CrossFit in the process. In August 2008, our Firefighter/Police CrossFit Challenge came to fruition. Over 50 people from the local area participated, with numerous others watching.
The event was a big hit, and CrossFit has grown immensely because of the exposure. Within two weeks of our inaugural competition, three of us began talking about opening an affiliate. Within three months we had keys to an 1,800 square-foot box that became the home of Kirkland CrossFit
Our goal of raising the awareness of CrossFit and raising money for the NW Burn Foundation has significantly affected our community. Local area firefighters and police officers are visibly fitter, and we believe lives will be saved because of commitments made by civil servants to improve their lives through CrossFit. We’ve seen the results in action with our own colleagues.
People are already talking about Kirkland CrossFit’s 2nd Annual Firefighter/Police CrossFit Challenge scheduled for August 8th, 2009.