1st Annual Hero WOD for Brian Tripp

 MSG Brian Tripp

MSG Brian Tripp

    On 3-16-2016 I had the honor and privilege of attending the first annual Hero WOD for MSG Brian Tripp held at Land Warrior CrossFit in Suffield.  Brian was a career Army NCO and retired after 23 years of service.  Like so many of our returning men and women, he secretly battled unresolved issues and left us far too early on Easter Sunday April 24, 2011.  Brian was tragically one of the 22 veterans that commit suicide everyday.  
    I have heard that statistic before- 22 veterans a day, but while doing some research for this article, I was confronted with the sobering fact that, it is 8030 of our men and women per year.  To quote Brian’s brother Dave Tripp, “the 22 is not just a number or statistic, it is a deep scar in my family’s life, it is a hole that could never be filled, it is a question that can never be answered and many people share those wounds.”
    To anyone who has attended a veteran’s funeral service, they know without a doubt, it is not the crack of the rifle volley, it is the silence between shots that is deafening.  It echos the silence of a loved one gone too soon…
    Dave Tripp co-owner of LandWarrior Crossfit started the memorial event with a few words of gratitude for everyone showing up, a few words about his brother, and about the seriousness of this issue.  He followed that with a reading of a “Letter To Brian”- here are the first two sentences of his letter, 
“Happy Birthday brother, hope this message finds you well and you can hear me.
How is heaven?  I pray that you have found peace and have healed from what pains you here on earth.”
    
This is real!
    I applaud the Tripp family for sharing the way that they are.  Instead of retreating from the pain, they are actively keeping Brian’s memory alive and bringing attention to this problem.  
    This event itself was well thought out and by all means, a success.  There were two workout heats.  The first had 47 people participate and 37 in the second.  The workout also had significance built in.  Brian’s birthday is 3-7-1968.
    The WOD (Workout Of the Day) was:
        3   pull-ups
        7   wall balls
      19   sit ups
      68  double unders
For as many reps as possible for a time of 23 minutes representing Brian’s 23 years of military service. 
    Land Warrior Crossfit was named after a business Dave and Brian shared.  After Brian’s passing, the LandWarrior Crossfit was soon born carrying the honor of Brian- the original Land Warrior.
    Owners Dave Tripp and Dave Flint have created a special place in LandWarrior Crossfit.  It is clear that it is a tight community and type of place we all need, a place of friends and support.
    Proceeds from the event went to the MSG Brian Tripp Scholarship Fund
 

Please support our Veterans and their families

22  to 0

-Keith

For pictures of the event please go to our facebook page

Endurance for Veterans

  
 There are a lot of non profits out there with a focus of helping veterans.  Not all have the best reputations when it comes down to carrying out their mission.  That’s why it was my pleasure to meet the folks behind Endurance For Veterans.  EFV was founded in 2015 right here in CT with a mission of helping veterans begin the healing process.  Their plans are to put on charity events to raise money and awareness for the cause, and to encourage veterans to improve their state of mind and find community through  physical fitness.  
    Endurance for Veterans had their first event today- E4V Faceoff which is a CrossFit competition.  E4V Faceoff was Land Warrior CrossfFit and Crossfit Blue Diamond joining together with the Hartford Wolfpack to bring together an exciting event, their first step towards their mission  of helping veterans.  
    We arrived at the XL center in Hartford and purchased spectator tickets to the event.  We were pleasantly surprised to find the tickets were also good for a Wolfpack game the following day!  
    The competition opened with a patriotic ceremony which began with the presentation of our flag by active duty Marines, followed by a live singing of our National Anthem.  
    The competition featured RX and Scaled divisions and was a same sex partner team event.  There were 41 two person teams.  Over the course of the day there were 3 grueling W.O.D.S.  (work out of the day for non-CrossFitters) with the top three in each division moving onto a fast pace fourth WOD.  A big congratulations to all competitors- everyone walked away better.  Competition has a way of bringing out the best in people and all the proceeds and effort went to a truly deserving cause.  
    Congragulations especially to all the top place finishers.  

Men’s Scaled:
1.  CFNH
2.  SOSF Crossfit and Chiropractic
3.  RJ Harrentino

Women’s Scaled:
1.  Poke-A-Nose
2.  Two Peas in A WOD
3.  Racks on Racks

Men’s RX:
1. Bald And Beautirful
2. NLCF Bar Benders
3. Dos Monos

Women’s RX:
1) Quad Squad
2) Check Meowt
3) Makin Bacon

    This is an event to look out for in the future as E4V announces more of their events, we will be proud to share them with you.  For other CrossFit events, check out our CrossFit Event page.  


Buy Local, Eat Healthy, 
L:ive Fit CT!

-Keith

To see pictures of the event please visit our facebook page