Romancing the Apocalypse

By Dan Edelman

In Kids

February 20, 2012

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Dan Edelman visits the CrossFit Kids Gauntlet and finds the missing link between fitness and the zombie apocalypse.

My mind zeroed out the moment I was asked to write a piece on the second CrossFit Kids Gauntlet, which went down at the Los Angeles Fitness Expo on Jan. 28 and 29.

I didn’t panic, mostly because I didn’t have the time or energy to spare. See, I consider my prime mission for CrossFit Kids to be communicating the substance and significance of the program to the CrossFit community (and beyond), but this weekend my main job was to help ensure that the Gauntlet ran as smoothly—and above all safely—as possible. I am lucky and honored to be working among great people, so my work was easy, if seemingly non-stop.

By all accounts, the competition was a success, and at the end of Day 2, we were adrift in that exhilarated state of exhaustion that comes after completing what we believe is essentially a good thing. And I was story-less. But not for lack of potential topics.

So I made my way home, thoughts tangling on the rocks of responsibility at home and CrossFit Brand X. And then, driving beneath the pastel Popsicle light of the westering sun, a story shambled out of the muck: Zombies.



5 Comments on “Romancing the Apocalypse”


wrote …

Absolutely stellar article yet again Dan!!! The teen/pre-teen athletes of CFK and The Guantlet are incredibly inspiring!


wrote …

And the award for most bizarre CF Journal article theme goes too...


Haters hate and we must press on............


Sean McCue wrote …

The Gauntlet showed the best of CFKids. From Novice to Varsity the athletes demonstrated the high ideals of sportsmanship and the never say die attitude. I watched teen athletes perform better than most adult CrossFitters would and then go hang out with some new friends they just met. I also watched an athlete refuse to quit a WOD even though she was so far behind there was no way she would complete it. With friends, family and a whole bunch of strangers watching, she had the determination to continue to try until time sounded. Too many adults would have walked off and said, "to heck with it, I can't win so why finish" or " that was a stupid WOD anyway."
This is the type of behavior of kids that participate in a CFKids program. I'm glad I was there to see it.


wrote …

Nice article Dan. I couldn't have said it better. I always feel a great sense of pride after these competitions. Kids accomplishing unbelievable tasks and building a community of like minded friends. These kids and future kids will be able to look back on this and say: I so glad I got into this stuff!

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