Intense competition benefits wounded warriors


by Joe Flanagan, 13News Now

Posted on July 28, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 28 at 9:00 PM

CHESAPEAKE --  Compound Crossfit served as the backdrop for an intense competition Sunday that benefits wounded warriors.

Jeremy McElroy, who served 3 tours overseas with the United States Marine Corps, is one of those wounded warriors.

"In 2010, I was in an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) blast and messed up my back pretty bad," McElroy explained. "Luckily, I was in a truck that helped out pretty well."

The event, which is in its second year, is called The Jail Yard Games. Teams of 2 did deadlifts, wall climbing, and putting the hammer down.

Nikki Monroe, a Norfolk firefighter, was part of Double D Block Divas.

"It's just a lot different. It's very intense, short amount of time, but very intense," Monroe said. "After 15 minutes, you are on the ground dying, basically. Ha!"

Ryan Knutson offered more insight on the competition and crossfit workouts, in general.

"It's all functional, based on stuff that we've been doing as humans for thousands and thousands of years: picking stuff up, putting stuff overhead, climbing over walls, whatever the case may be. We've been doing that since we started walking," Knutson told 13News Now. 

All proceeds generated by the fierce but friendly competition stay in Chesapeake to help wounded warriors.

"Understand that there is people out there everyday in 120 to 130 degree heat sacrificing for people to come out and do this and enjoy competition like this and have fun," Monroe said.