A Grimes soldier killed in action last year was remembered Saturday. Operation Justice isn’t your typical tribute, but it honors SSG James Justice with a hero workout at CrossFit 515.
“It's a workout program, constantly varied, functional movement performed at a high intensity,” explains owner Jaime Noyce.
Today's workout included dead lifts, rope climbs, bear crawls, and running with a sandbag. The mission: do as many reps as you can in 20 minutes.
“Just glad someones out here remembering the fallen soldiers and supporting them in any way that they can. It's a pretty big deal to come out and remember your fallen,” says Jessica Lingle.
Justice was her uncle. The 32-year-old was killed in Afghanistan when his unit came under enemy fire while trying to rescue the crew of a downed helicopter.
“You never forget about him. It's just really great that people are out here,” says Lingle.
The 70 CrossFitters who signed up to work out are raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
“You always kinda feel during those workouts like you don't know how you're going to make it for those 20 minutes, but then you think about those people you're memorializing and it doesn't seem so bad all of a sudden,” says Leann Gudenkauf.
“We're incredibly happy with the turnout. We didn't know what to expect having never done something like this before, but I mean, the CrossFit community is great so we should have expected great things and that's what we got,” says Noyce.
Before today's event, CrossFit 515 had already raised $1300 for the Wounded Warrior Project. The gym should have a final donation count later this week.