Twenty four intense workouts in 24 hours.
CrossFit athletes are staying up all night and breaking a sweat in Wallingford to support local heroes.
“Burpees are always terrible, but probably the worst coming is going to be thrusters and rope climb and that’s later on in the night, probably about 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning,” said CrossFit Wallingford owner Rob Villano.
Every hour, on the hour, a taxing task is made possible by the motivation.
Each workout is in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“It’s easier to get that extra push when you’re thinking about what you’re doing and why you’re here. It’s awesome,” said participant Haley Delgrego.
Funds raised benefit House of Heroes CT.
“We’ve helped Iraq veterans, kids in their 30s with PTSD, all the way to people in their hundreds,” said Billy May with House of Heroes CT.
The nonprofit serves local military and public safety veterans and their families who are facing challenges fix up their homes.
“When you’re in there and you feel tired, you realize what people have given up for us,” said Villano.
House of Heroes CT was started by May’s late father, a longtime military member who enjoyed his CrossFit workouts here, even while he underwent chemo.
“So 24 hours of sweating is worth it?,” asked NBC Connecticut’s Caitlin Burchill.
“Yes, I’m not going to lie, I told Rob there’s some easier ways to fundraiser, but this is phenomenal. We’ll keep going,” said May laughing between workouts.
At last check, the athletes raised more than $3,000 for House of Heroes CT.
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