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The Disposable Heroes Project WOD by Brad McKee - CrossFit Journal

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May 29, 2011

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On April 30, CrossFit Native in Oklahoma City, Okla., held a very special WOD: Jack, part of The Disposable Heroes Project. CrossFitters from around the area gathered to pay tribute to the men and women of the armed forces by performing the challenging Hero workout.

In Part 1, the family of Army Staff Sgt. Jack M. Martin III, tell his story and share some of his experiences with CrossFit.

“He had a great sense of humor, he loved CrossFit, he loved being a medic, he loved his team, and he really felt like they were making a difference in the world, and I feel like he accomplished a lot for living just 26 years,” says his sister.

Learning the story behind the workout motivates the CrossFitters to push harder. They express their gratitude for these heroes.

“I get to run a gym because of the protection that they’ve provided,” says Uwem Ekpenyong, owner of Ground Zero CrossFit.

In Part 2, the hero WOD Jack is held in honor of Martin’s ultimate sacrifice for his country.

“It’s got to be something that, you know, makes you question yourself. It’s got to be something that you have to dig down deep,” says Brad McKee, the coordinator of the Disposable Heroes Project. “It makes you realize you can do things you probably couldn’t do before.”

Finally, McKee explains how affiliates can get involved and host their own WOD.

Part 1
8min 28sec

Part 2
6min 13sec

Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 146 by Justin Judkins, published Nov.17, 2010.

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5 Comments on “The Disposable Heroes Project WOD”


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Thank You to Jack's family for the scarifies you paid for all of us. Thank you to everyone in the video who did the tribute WOD. We had David Thompsons's sister Alishia in our box the day "Thompson" posted on the main page. WOW having family there really shows what Hero WOD's are really about. My heart goes out to all family and friends left behind.


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Watching this full video just minutes before performing "memorial Day Murph" (with 20# vest) with my six year old daughter Emily in my home box really, really hit home. As a CF-L1 trainer, I host mini-throwdowns at my globo and we all donate to WWP and people are slowly joining our little non-affiliated community...seeing this DHP WOD makes me want to hold one at our gym. Seeing the #'s of people makes me realize how woefully represented Crossfit is in our community despite our efforts. I'm wondering how we can make more of a community in a non-affiliate (clearly I need to nut up and open one)...any ideas or recommendations? I mean, I want to do it NOW and it seems like there's a million other things I need to do to make it happen! BTW, 42:52 for Lt. Murphy...fair winds and following seas, brother!


Adam Kemmerly wrote …

Thank-you to Kirk Suiter, CrossFit Native, for hosting this event and to Brad McKee and his crew for creating the Disposable Hero Project. It was an honor to met Jack's parents and family.

This was perhaps the most difficult WOD I have ever done, both physically and emotionally. I had two goals I wanted to achieve before this WOD. The first was to do the whole thing Rx and the second was not to finish dead last. I achieved the first goal.


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Frank DiMeo wrote …

Incredible heart!

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