On Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya, former U.S. Navy SEAL Glen Doherty died during an attack on the U.S. Consulate. The native of Winchester, Mass., was 42.
A CrossFit.com Hero workout honoring his memory was first posted Oct. 12, 2012, and it was a suitably challenging tribute involving 30 135-lb. clean and jerks, a 1-mile run, 10 15-foot rope climbs, a 1-mile run, and 100 burpees.
“He was just the most amazing spirit. He was friendly with everyone. Even though he was the new guy to class, you wouldn’t know it because he would come in and he would immediately start talking to everyone and he would help everyone,” says longtime friend Lynn Dixon, a member of CrossFit 801 in Midvale, Utah.
She added: “Even though it was 6 a.m., he never complained. He just came in smiling every single time. He just accepted that life was supposed to be really hard, and you work hard and you have fun at it.”
“Glen was CrossFit. He really embodied everything that CrossFit should be and is,” says Matt Clark, a coach at the affiliate. “Glen would come in and complete workouts with a positive attitude. ... He was happy. He was there to work and to enjoy the time there.”
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Additional reading: Fallen but Never Forgotten by Russell Berger, published May 30, 2010.