Nate WOD Challenge Honors Fallen Heroes, Raises Money To Support Children Battling Cancer

February 2, 2021 by
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Starting February 4, CrossFit gyms and athletes across the country can compete in the Nate WOD Challenge, an annual event to raise money for One Summit, an organization that “builds resilience in children battling cancer through mentorship with a Navy SEAL.” 

Remind me: The Nate WOD Challenge, first held in 2015, was created by Adam La Reau, founder of One Summit, to honor brothers Nate and Josh Hardy.  Nate was a Navy SEAL, Purple Heart recipient, and hero who lost his life in action; Josh lost his battle to childhood cancer. 

The Hardy brothers are also sons of One Summit founding board member, Stephen Hardy.

Credit: Courtesy of One Summit

The workout: The Nate WOD is a 20-minute AMRAP of two muscle-ups, four handstand push-ups, and eight kettlebell swings (two-pood).  

  • Because Nate hated to run, “he was the guy that carried everything,” writes Maria Papandreou of One Summit in an email, the WOD is “incredibly difficult and involves heavy lifting.”
  • The numbers – two, four, and eight – signify February 4, 2008, the day that Nate “made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The details: This year, the Nate WOD Challenge will be extended to a whole month, from February 4-25, to give athletes and gyms a chance to work around COVID restrictions. 

  • Both individual athletes and teams can register online.
  • Participants are asked to pledge and donate an amount per round of the WOD completed. 
  • The challenge can be held anytime between February 4 and 25, with athletes and gyms submitting scores for a chance to win prizes. 

Prizes: 

  • The gym with the most rounds completed will win $600 in NOBULL gift cards and a custom Nate WOD banner.
  • The top-performing individual male and female athletes will be awarded $100 NOBULL gift Cards and a One Summit courage pack. 
  • The gym with the most money raised will receive $1,200 in NOBULL gift cards and a custom Nate WOD banner.

All funds raised will go back into One Summit experiential and mentorship programs in Boston, San Diego, and New York City. This includes their Climb for Courage program, an indoor rock climbing adventure that, as written on the One Summit website, induces “challenges that empower children to achieve growth through conquering adversity.”

  • Donations to the Nate WOD Challenge can be made online
  • In 2020, the Nate WOD Challenge raised $17,218. Papandreou says the goal for 2021 is $20,000. Currently, with three gyms officially signed up, the challenge has raised $1,557.

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