Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bust it for breast cancer

Exercise challenge to help the fight

Express Staff Writer

Runners have long put their legs into raising money for various causes, but until lately, there have been few fundraising competitions like those being arranged nationally by cross fitness clubs.

Locally, 5B Cross Fit is hosting its second fundraising day on Saturday, Oct. 22. The first was Fight Gone Bad, for wounded soldiers in late summer. This effort is called Barbells for Boobs—Amazing Grace and it raises money for the fight against breast cancer.

Here in the valley, 5BCrossFit teamed up with Mammograms in Action, a Southern California-based nonprofit, to host this event, which will also be going on across the nation.

The workout consists of 30 overhead weightlifting movements. The competitive event is designed to be more fun than grueling, involving people from all levels of fitness and athletic ability. There is a $35 registration fee and donations are welcomed.

"The desire to do something proactive and positive for women and men needing better screening, including mammograms, is the only prerequisite," organizers stated in a press release.

Amazing Grace started two years ago with one day and one location. By 2010, the effort moved to five countries and 42 U.S. states with participation from more than 5,000 athletes, raising more than $300,000. This year's event is expected to exceed previous goals with a Pink Bra Tour of 16 cities across 14 states during October.

"The passion and commitment of the CrossFit community is incredible, and I knew together we could make a difference in the breast cancer cause," said Zionna Munoz, founder of Mammograms in Action.

CrossFit workouts consist of weightlifting, cardio and body weight exercises. It is a challenging, high-intensity workout.

Jennifer Liebrum:


Workout particulars:

l Saturday, Oct. 22, at 5B CrossFit Sun Valley, 336 Lewis St. in Ketchum

l Register: $35.

l Benefits: Mammograms in Action, a nonprofit that funds qualified low-income and uninsured women and men needing screening or diagnostic procedures for early detection and prevention of cancer. or

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