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Being Strong for Fragile X: Part 2 by Kurtis Bowler - CrossFit Journal

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January 10, 2010

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Kurtis Bowler of Rainier CrossFit started Rainier CrossFit’s Strongest Man and Woman contest to raise money for Fraxa, a research foundation working on treatments and a cure for fragile X.

Fragile X is the most common inherited cause of mental impairment, and symptoms can include everything from mood disorders to learning disabilities to seizures and beyond. Bowler’s son Casey has fragile X, so the fundraising competition is a very personal event for Bowler.

In Part 2 of this two-part series, Bowler talks about how he incorporates strongman movements and implements into WODs at Rainier CrossFit, and John Welbourn of CrossFit Football stops by to emcee the strongman event held Aug. 9 in Sumner, Wash.

Bowler structured the event to include a nice mix of strongman events with a little CrossFit thrown in for good measure. Competitors pulled trucks, deadlifted a log loaded with sandbags, completed a press medley, loaded stones and pulled a bus—all for charity.

To learn more about Fraxa’s research strategy, visit

Video by Again Faster.

12min 43sec

Additional reading: To Serve, Protect—and Sweat by Mike Morris and John Burrow, published May 21, 2009.

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3 Comments on “Being Strong for Fragile X: Part 2”


wrote …

Great Stuff!!!
Kurtis, Your awesome bro!!


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Awesome event. I was able to participate in 2008 and I missed it last year due to having knee replacement surgery. We will look forward to attending it this year. Laurie and Kurtis put on a first class event. Very professional and it is for a wonderful cause.


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awesome guys amazing set up and variety!

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