CrossFit 2311 raises money for veterans

Mar 03, 2014
Photo by: Mossie Rose photo CROSSFIT — Eric Yarrington instructs the athletes from CrossFit 2311, Catamount CrossFit, CrossFit Yona, Summit CrossFit and CrossFit Haywood before the first heat.

On Saturday, February 22, over 40 participants converged on CrossFit 2311 in Waynesville for a charity event in honor of homeless heroes. The Shelter a Vet Charity WOD (Workout of  the Day) raised $1,300 in support of Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry’s Veterans’ Restoration Quarters (VRQ).

The ABCCM's Veterans' Restoration Quarters mission is to create a principle-based environment and comprehensive residential program that addresses every area of restoration in the life of a homeless veteran. It works to provide each veteran with stability, personal skill building, educational and training opportunities leading to employment and housing along with the restoration of personal dignity, faith and strength.

The ministry accomplishes its mission through the diligent and compassionate efforts of trained staff, volunteers and community partners. Over 240 men reside nightly on the VRQ campus, a former 125-room motel. The veterans are provided housing, meals, case management services, counseling, laundry facilities, a computer lab, gym, chapel and transportation to VA Medical Center appointments. Every effort is made to provide each man with the tools, direction and encouragement needed to arrive at genuine success and full restoration. The VRQ serves only men but women are given the same opportunities at the Steadfast House for women and children.

"The CrossFit community has a long history in support of our armed forces, fallen soldiers, as well as police officers and fire fighters who have given their lives in service of our country," said Eric Yarrington. Yarrington and his wife, Shannon, are coaches and co-owners of CrossFit 2311.

"WODS in honor of these fallen men and women are called Hero WODS and the one we did for Shelter a Vet was "Jack," said Shannon. “This 20 minutes of tough exercise honors Army Staff Sgt. Jack M. Martin III, 26, of Bethany, Oklahoma, assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Fort Lewis, Washington, who died Sept. 29, 2009, in Jolo Island, Philippines, from the detonation of an improvised explosive device."

The CrossFit 2311 "Tribe" would like to thank all of the sponsors of Shelter a Vet — CrossFit Yona, CrossFit Pisgah, Grey Eagle CrossFit, Catamount CrossFit, Sweet Onion, Community Fitness Events, and Fuel Food Truck and Catering.

CrossFit 2311 specializes in training athletes of all ages and abilities in the CrossFit methodology — fundamental human movements, safety before intensity, strength and support in numbers, friends and family, total fitness vs. absence of disease, general physical preparedness, self-reliance, self-confidence, scalable workouts for all levels while maintaining intensity and success, and detailed coaching.  Visit


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