On Sept. 14, CrossFit Poipu hosted a trail-run fundraiser to sponsor local youth into the gym’s CrossFit Kids program.
“This whole event is being put together so we can raise money for kids over here to be able to come do CrossFit for free. A lot of (the kids) come from rough homes. We pull them off the street and get them in the gym, and it changes their lives,” says Aaron Hoff, owner of the affiliate in Kauai, Hawaii.
The event’s steep, narrow hills attracted some of CrossFit’s well-known Seminar Staff members and Games athletes, such as Pat Barber and Chris Spealler—both of whom struggled up a similarly steep hill in Aromas, California, in the 2009 CrossFit Games.
“I just think it’s really cool that the communities can come together and just help the kids out,” Spealler says. “Kids are freakin’ awesome. And it’s just cool to give them an opportunity to do something bigger.”
Video by Tyson Oldroyd and Eric Maciel.
Additional reading: Redeeming a Bad Run by Mike Warkentin, published July 15, 2009.