On July 28th, 2011, the Asheville Fire Department responded to a fire in an office building located at 445 Biltmore Avenue. The events that would take place that day would forever change the lives of those working on-scene and the entire Asheville Fire Department. Captain Jeff Bowen, Rescue 3 (Asheville Fire Department) died in the Line of Duty while doing what he loved to do. Those who knew him described him as the best of the best, and have stated that he was a true mentor to everyone who knew him.
For the second year in a row, I was able to travel down to Asheville, NC to complete a fundraising workout that is held annually in his honor. The Bowen WOD is held every year at a CrossFit gym in Asheville. This year, the fourth annual Bowen WOD event was held at CrossFit 828.
3 ROUNDS FOR TIME (30 min time cap)
- 800 M Run
- 7 Deadlifts (60-70% of 1 rep max 275/185lbs)
- 10 Burpee Pullups
- 14 Single Arm KB Thrusters
(7 each arm 53/35lb)
- 20 Box Jumps NTE (24/20)
As I arrived with my friends and fellow gym members from CrossFit: Shifty Powers, brothers from the Asheville Fire Department were finishing up one of the heats. As we checked in, I couldn’t help but to notice a group of about 20 firefighters cheering on one of their brothers who was finishing up the workout. They were screaming, cheering, and providing with words of encouragement all the way to the end. This is a prime example of what the CrossFit community is about, as well as the fire service.
The workout itself was a difficult one, just as it should be. Traditionally, the HERO Workout Of the Day (WOD’s), are some of the toughest ones out there. They aren’t supposed to be easy, but yet, you always find yourself pushing harder and harder with that HERO in mind. The 800 meter run was one for the books as the entire first 400 meters was up a steep incline and really pressed for the athletes to push even deeper to complete it.
Afterwards, I was once again able to talk with several of the brothers from AFD and once again got to speak with Cpt. Bowen’s mother, who was cheering on the participants. They even invited us to a BBQ dinner that they were hosting at a near-by park, but unfortunately, I had to get back to work immediately following the event.
The Asheville Fire Department was rotating apparatus in to allow their personnel to complete the workout. They also had a Ladder Truck on-scene with the flag draped from the tip during the event. I’d also like to note that 100% of the money raised yesterday is given to the Bowen Family.
Thanks again to CrossFit 828, Summit CrossFit, and the Asheville Fire Department for once again welcoming us with open arms. I would recommend that anyone within driving distance of Asheville take the time to join me next year for Bowen V.