Becoming the First Female Amputee to run Marathon des Sables
Forty-six-year old Amy Palmiero-Winters just became the first female amputee to run the Marathon des Sables, a 140.7 mile ultramarathon over six days in the Sahara Desert.
She had always been a runner, even before she got in a motorcycle accident in April of 1994 that would eventually cause her to lose her left leg from the knee down.
That didn’t stop her.
After a few false starts with other prosthetic legs, Palmiero-Winters re-kindled her love of running when she won her division at the world triathlon championships in Hawaii in October of 2005.
Her love of endurance and extreme sports was off and running, being sponsored by companies like Kill Cliff and racking up a portfolio of world records and firsts for a female amputee in marathons, triathlons, and ultra-marathons.
She went on to launch a non-profit called One Step Ahead, an organization dedicated to giving children with physical disabilities positive experiences through sports.
All sports, even CrossFit.
Palmiero-Winters trains at CrossFit Camo in Farmingdale, NY even getting her Level One in 2012 at Reebok One CrossFit Box in Canton, MA with Austin Malleolo.
To prepare for her time in the desert, she did lunges and burpees in saunas to get used to the heat and bear crawls the length of CrossFit Camo with her fiance’s kids on her back.
Any time there was a running WOD at CrossFit Camo, she’d place them up on her shoulders before running out of the gate.
What a boss.
While training in December, Palmiero-Winters wrote, “You have to work the whole body to be whole. Without the programming at CrossFit Camo and the dynamic designs and expertise at Obstacle Athletics and fueled by Kill Cliff I’d find myself just watching instead of doing.”
Amy Palmiero-Winters isn’t the watching kind. She’s the doing kind.
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PRO-TIP: PASSION DOESN’T PAY THE BILLS — Jason Khalipa and the Business of Fitness podcast reviews a week of NCFIT, touching base on their intern process, city zoning, and when to start a business.
WODS FOR A CAUSE — CrossFit Basinview in Bedford, NS, is holding a fundraiser on July 13 to benefit the IWK Foundation, a charitable hospital.
NEW BIGGER LOCATION — CrossFit Rohkeus in Oconomowoc, WI just moved to a new 15,000 square foot location. And, thanks to their members, they moved everything and resumed classes in less than 48 hours.
FATHERS DAY FUNDRAISER — On June 16 Osprey Athletics in Bedford, NS is hosting the second annual Three Fathers RCMP Memorial Challenge, a hero WOD open to the public to celebrate the lives of three RCMP officers killed in the line of duty in June of 2014. The workout is followed by a fundraiser BBQ, with all proceeds going to the Three Fathers Scholarship, a fund handed out each year to students graduating from Moncton area high schools.
SEMINAR WITH LINDY BARBER — CrossFit Adversary in Williamstown, NJ will hold a workout seminar hosted by CrossFit Games athlete Lindy Barber. The three-hour seminar will cover topics like lifestyle, training properly and programming.
INVICTUS LOOKING FOR COACHES — CrossFit Invictus is looking to hire two to three part-time fitness coaches to help fill their San Diego, CA coaching team.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
Macy Lynn Tarlton back squats 415 pounds to a parallel bench • CrossFit Kanna celebrated their two year anniversary • Ironclad Fitness Center, home of the Ocean State CrossFit, celebrated two years yesterday • Froning Farms is moving on to samples • CrossFit Horsepower celebrates seven years • Happy birthdayJen Smith • Chase Knight snatches 265 pounds • Craig Richeylost to Annie Thorisdottir in Connect Four • Jacob Heppner does a clean complex at 330 pounds • Jenn Dancer got a cast on her broken foot • Ben Smith overhead snatches 340 pounds in Nanos.
Chronicling Stage Four Cancer — Richard Neindorf is a member at CrossFit 604 in Vancouver, BC. Rich has been CrossFitting for the past eight years and is going through the fight of his life right now, with stage 4 colorectal cancer that has spread to his lungs and his brain. Rich is documenting his journey on YouTube.
— “My point is to show people that it’s still possible to live a good life and taking some of these things in stride.
— “I hope to connect with some beautiful souls, friends family, people around the world, that are going through something similar or are having a tough time, and sort of share this journey.
— “I’m gonna fight with everything I have, try every different technique, everything that I can do basically to keep myself alive at this point.”
Will Moorad is on a Comeback Tour —Tommy Marquez, Morning Chalk Up’s Senior Games Analyst, caught up withWill Moorad at the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship. Moorad shared with Marquez how it felt to be competing again after five seasons, due to an autoimmune disorder.
— “I’m gonna do as many sanctioned events as I can to get this experience back,” stated Moorad. “It’s a different intensity out here with these guys who are doing this for a living, so there’s a learning curve to come back to that.
— “I have a lot healthier perspective, about what all this really means, and it’s an amazing opportunity.”
Froning to Compete as Legend and on Team at Rogue Invitational — Rich Froning is set to compete both on a Team and as a Legend at the Rogue Invitational May 18 – 19 in Columbus, OH.
— But what if he wins both: Well, he’s pumped. Froning has already qualified for the 2019 Games with team Mayhem Freedom at Asia CrossFit Championship. Any win, Team or Legend, at Rogue Invitational earns him part of the prize purse.
— Start with a Fireball 5K:Tommy Hackenbruck jokes that Rich Froning should start with a Fireball 5k to level the field a bit. Just don’t kick it off with 3…2…1…GO.
Wisconsin Tourism Grows — Thanks in part to the CrossFit Games being held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI tourism has grown for the ninth straight year.
— “With longstanding anchors like World Dairy Expo and Epic Users Group meetings, and new events like the Reebok CrossFit Games, Madison appeals to a wide spectrum of visitors from around the world.”
CrossFit Memorial Hill in Kansas City, MO just finished renovating a 22,000 square foot historic Coca-Cola bottling plant to house a wellness center.
Owner Matt Scanlon left his job working in long-term healthcare in 2012 to open CrossFit Memorial Hill.
“It didn’t take long for me to realize that by the time a patient entered into the long-term healthcare system there was no getting out. Unfortunately, most residents of these facilities are in their 50s and 60s and are in nursing homes because of metabolic diseases. I felt that the relationships and trust built with a CrossFit coach provided the infrastructure to tackle such a complex problem. So the idea was always to return to healthcare, but with fitness and nutrition as primary focus.”
Today this goal becomes a reality with the grand re-opening of what is being dubbed a “Functional Community Center.” Inside this community center you’ll find all your standard CrossFit fare; bikes, rowers, barbells, dumbbells, and the like.
But you’ll also find a veteran-owned barber shop, a chiropractor, physical therapist, two nonprofit organizations promoting health, a yoga and mindfulness studio, a nutritionist, and a workout space for adaptive athletes complete with a rig from GetRX’d.
“Our hope with this space is that it provides a proof-of-concept not only for healthcare but for the fitness industry as well. Proof that there is value in promoting health, not just reacting to disease. And proof that a 100-year old building that once pumped out millions of gallons of soda can become a place where healthy community thrives,” said Scanlon.