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Old 05-06-2008, 11:29 PM   #1
Ryan Blankenheim
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Front range crossfit honors fallen SEAL

I found this in the Denver Post, I was not there but it sounded GREAT!!!

http://www.9news.com/news/local/arti...?storyid=91303 (WFS)

The article said hundreds showed up to honor Danny Dietz a fallen Colorado SEAL with a group WOD!!! I recently met Danny's Father and Brother and they are so proud of him and it is very humbling to hear them speak about Danny's military carer and the mission in Afghanistan which lead to his ultimate sacrifice for this great nation. Danny was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross on 13 September 2006.

A book was written about his team and their mission called "Lone Survivor", I have yet to read it but Danny's family says it is fantastic and extremely accurate and I will begin it this week. Here is some info about the mission and what happened http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Dietz (WFS). After being mortally wounded Danny and One of the snipers Matthew Axelson continued to fight allowing one of the other SEALs a chance to escape. True heroism and an example of the brotherhood amongst service men.

Was anyone at this event? Id sure like to hear about the turnout and the experience of it all. Also has anyone read the book?

Please take the time to thank a service man/woman or a vet, and lets remember why we have Hero WOD's, to honor and remember our fallen heroes.

Fair winds and following seas Danny
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Old 05-07-2008, 10:47 AM   #2
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Re: Front range crossfit honors fallen SEAL

Thanks Ryan!
Just finished reading "Lone Survivor" a while back.
Definitely read it!
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Old 05-12-2008, 01:20 PM   #3
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Re: Front range crossfit honors fallen SEAL

Ryan and all,

The event was amazing. We had 74 people do the event. The Navy SOF community was represented by one SEAL, two Navy Divers, and a Rescue Swimmer. They all did great. We put them up against some of our studs in the first round. The first round and the last round, which was made up of all of our coaches, were the only ones to do the full 10 rounds. There is a link to a good video of the event here.

http://cw2.trb.com/news/local/video/...0,223453.story

We actually came up with the workout at the dedication of the Danny Dietz Memorial Park last July 4th. Here is a description of what happened July 4th, 2007.

Front Range CrossFit met at Berry Park in Littleton to attend the
dedication ceremony of the Danny Dietz Memorial Park. Danny Dietz, a
Littleton native, was on the mission in Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005
that cost the lives of 11 Navy SEALS, and 8 Army Night Stalkers. He was
awarded the Navy Cross for his actions on that day. We did a short
workout in the park after the ceremony to dedicate the memorial,
CrossFit style. When we planned on doing this, we did not know what
equipment we would have at the Park. So we put some kettlebells in the
car and drove to the dedication. We were blown away by how many people
were at the dedication. It was impressive. After the speaking was over
and they unveiled the statue, we looked around and saw a tree and
swingset that we could do pullups on. We had the kettlebells back at
the car, we did not need anything to do pushups, and we figured out a
200 meter run course. So we had our workout planned. Our athletes
always get unbelievably motivated when we do a hero workout and this one
was especially important. Danny's family and some of his teammates
were actually in the area. They probably never even saw us do it, since
we were at the other end of the park, but the situation still made a
difference to us. Plus, one of our guys was a former member of SDV-1
and had served with Chief Dan Healy, who had gone down with the QRF team
on the Chinook that day. We went hard. It was a great day.

Danny
10 rounds for time of:
200 meter run
5 pullups
10 kettlebell swings, 24 kg (16 kg)
15 pushups

We always do Murph on June 28th. Everyone is welcome to do it with us. We will have more than a dozen 20 lb vests available. If you would like to participate, please email me at skip@frontrangecrossfit.com .
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Old 05-16-2008, 08:47 AM   #4
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Re: Front range crossfit honors fallen SEAL

The Hero workout in honor of Danny Dietz was an amazing event. I was one of the coaches. I've lost friends in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and I can think of no better way to honor them than with the sweat and pain of a "hero" workout.

Danny's parents were there for this workout, and you could see how proud they were of our honoring the memory of their son.

I "discovered" Crossfit while I was deployed with the US Army in 2006-2007. While on R&R at home in Colorado I found Front Range Crossfit and met Skip Miller then. When I redeployed home I began training at Front Range CF, and found a great coach and a great community.

If Crossfit is the choice of our elite armed forces, then we should continue to promote it with organized "Hero" events like FRCF's challenge.

Every state in the union has fallen sons and daughters, it's not hard to find out who they are. Pick one and go to work.

On June 28th I'll be running Murph this year in boots, ACU's and my body armor at Front Range CF.

We'll see you at the Crossfit Games.

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Old 05-18-2008, 03:30 PM   #5
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Re: Front range crossfit honors fallen SEAL

Thanks a lot guys I sure wish I could have been there! keep up the hard work in memory of our fallen heroes!!
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Old 05-18-2008, 06:48 PM   #6
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Re: Front range crossfit honors fallen SEAL

Wonderful book... must read, put it on the HS reading list...I know that won't happen,it should and maybe our students would have a better understanding of toughness, sacrifice and patriotism. Toughness is not baggy pants, sideways hat, and talking sh**

it just amazes me that there are men/women out there that put their lives on the line for us and most importantly their fellow soldiers. We are lucky to have such wonderful human being on our side.

I love performing the hero workouts, just wish there weren't so many and no more too come
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Old 05-20-2008, 05:18 PM   #7
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Re: Front range crossfit honors fallen SEAL

Sounds great. I love that fellow cross fitters got to honor Danny Dietz in a very special way. I had the honor of meeting and spending some time with Marcus Luttrell in Boston a few weeks ago and I can honestly say that he is one of the best men I have met and it really makes me proud to see men like him and his brothers being honored.
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