The Army-Navy football rivalry is world famous. Just as fierce, though, is the Army-Air Force rivalry. On Nov. 7, 2009, the two football teams competed in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Air Force won 35-7. That same day, a new tradition began: the Black and Blue CrossFit Competition. Air Force
With U.S. Army soldiers traveling from West Point, the Air Force had a slight advantage hosting the event at the United States Air Force Academy, elevation approximately 6,600 feet.
The two 10-person teams hit a WOD including pull-ups, rope climbs, running, box jumps, wall-ball shots, walking lunges, burpees, rowing and a duffel-bag/buddy carry. Of course, bloody hands and shins made their necessary appearances during the inter-services competition, which was narrowly won by the Air Force with a time of 42:21.
Next year Army hopes to even the score with a WOD hosted on their turf in West Point, N.Y.
Video by CrossFit Films Jordan Gravatt.
Additional reading: Fully Alive: The 2008 CrossFit Coast Challenge by Eric Devine, published July 1, 2008.