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.
Following his death, a “HERO” Workout was written to help athletes keep his memory alive and to remember the sacrifice that he made. This HERO WOD has been featured on Crossfit.com, and has been completed by athletes across the nation.
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)
This is the third year that I have been involved with the Bowen Fundraising event because I was not aware of it for the first two years. The event takes place each July in Asheville, NC, and has been gaining in support and growing in size each year. This year, I reached out to the organizer, Jacob Ballard of RXPrints.com, about attending the event and after some discussion, we decided to host a satellite location for the event. The main goal here is to raise money for the Bowen Family, and we knew that with hosting one in the Tri-Cities, a bigger difference could be made.
One of the new CrossFit gyms in Kingsport, CrossFit Manic, is owned by a friend of mine, Brandon Begley, who is a Kingsport Police Officer. When they heard about the event being held in the Tri-Cities, they reached out and said they wanted to host the event. The gym is located in downtown Kingsport, and was the perfect place for it to be held. The entire CrossFit Manic crew stepped up and did a fantastic job at opening their doors for the event. The brotherhood that we often refer to in the fire service transfers to our brothers in blue without a doubt.
The event kicked off around 10AM on July 16th, and heats went until around 330PM. Over 50 athletes from throughout the Tri-Cities/Knoxville area came out to support the event. Donations were made at the door, and the athletes that participated received a Bowen V t-shirt. The event received a great amount of support from the entire community, including Backdraft BBQ, who were on-site throughout the day with excellent food to refuel the athletes after the intense workout. Heatseeker Technology and Design, LLC. made the trip up to provide cooling stations for the athletes in the 90 degree temperatures.
A number of raffle prizes were given out at the event, and two plyo boxes provided by Crossfit Ionracas were auctioned off at the event bringing in nearly $500.
The Tri-Cities event ran concurrent to the event in Asheville, which was also a huge success. The plan is to continue hosting an event in the Tri-Cities along with the main event in Asheville each year. I’d like to thank each of our sponsors , all of the athletes, and area businesses for their support of Bowen V in the Tri-Cities!
Special thanks to Warriors Path Volunteer Fire Department and Kingsport Fire Department for providing the apparatus to hang the flag from during the event.