We are excited to announce a new strength and running form class to be offered in the New Year by Peak Coaching’s Marshall Pickard!
The dreary, dark, cold days of winter is the perfect time to work on runner-specific strength training as well as correcting running form bad habits! Let Marshall help you.
These classes will run for a session of 8 weeks and are available to both Corps Fitness members as well as Non-Members, so invite your running friends!
Next Saturday, December 9th, we will be having only ONE workout on this date to honor and support Corporal Seth Kelly who was shot in the line of duty in early November. Corps Fitness is a huge supporter of first responders through our Badge 27 program, and this situation hit home even more so as Corporal Kelly is a cousin of our own Tim McDonough.
Please see the flyer attached and spread the word as this workout is All Abilities and open to ALL. It is a partner style workout, so feel free to bring a friend to join you in your workout.
As many know, Corporal Kelly’s wherewithal to use his tourniquet most likely saved his own life. Therefore, we’d like to take this workout and event as an opportunity to purchase and provide this life-saving device to law enforcement departments in the area. A collection will be taken at class that day as well as the following week (up to December 15th) to purchase tourniquets and holders in Corporal Kelly’s name. They range in prices from $20 to $50. Please consider giving for this life-saving device….it could make a difference in someone’s life!
NOTE: This event is the only class that day, and it is at 9:00AM.
Due to this event, there will be NO FREE INTRO class on this date. Instead there will be a free intro this Saturday, December 2nd at 9:30AM.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Corps Fitness is looking for a few good men and women to represent Corps Fitness!
On November 4th, CrossFit Proven is hosting the Ghouls and Gals Partner Throwdown, and Corps Fitness is looking to sponsor 2 male/female teams (this is a $150/team value!)
Beginning Monday 9/25, submit your male/female team combo. You must put together your own team (we will not pair you), and you both must decide in which division you will compete.
Deadline for submissions is 9/29. We will then do a RANDOM drawing for the 2 teams on Sat. 9/30.
Please verify that you both are absolutely able to commit to the competition date before entering!
For more information about the event, go here: https://www.facebook.com/events/298338887306428/
You MUST represent Corps Fitness by wearing your own Corps Fitness gear (t-shirts, sweatshirts and whatever else you may own) and overall be an ambassador for Corps Fitness.
Additionally, you must agree to post pictures on social media and hashtag Corps Fitness.
Any other questions, please contact Melissa@corpsfitness.net.
Yet another fantastic business sponsor showing their support for the Call To Action Challenge!
We’d like to send a huge thank you to Classic Harley-Davidson for their sponsorship of our event. They are directly sponsoring all the awesome hoodies each competitor will be receiving! How bout those goodies!? #notyourstandardtshirt #bestswagever
It’s businesses such as #missionbbq #riverfrontfederalcreditunion and #classicharleydavidson that make the difference! Thank you to them all!!!
A BIG thank you to Riverfront Federal Credit Union for being the Title Sponsor for our 2nd Annual Call To Action Challenge on October 28th! Riverfront has proven to be a dedicated supporter of First Responders and the Badge 27 Program here at Corps Fitness. We thank them for their generous support of all that we do to help serve the first responders who protect all of us!
We hope you are getting your team of 4 together!!! This is shaping up to be a great day!!! Stay tuned as many new announcements about the Challenge continue to roll in!
2nd Annual Call To Action Challenge - Badge 27 Edition
Corps Fitness has been a long-time supporter of all First Responders and is proud to host the Second Annual Call to Action Challenge – Badge 27 Edition. This is a one-of-a-kind challenge for First Responders Teams and Civilian Teams that emphasizes the many mental, tactical and physical challenges First Responders are faced with while on the job.
Date – Saturday October 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM. Event is rain or shine
Starting Point – Berks County Fraternal Order of Police Memorial (Red Bridge Rd. just off Bernville Road)
Finishing Point – Police Memorial
Cost – Cost is $45/person (this is a four person team event). All participating First Responders receive a 15% discount ($38.25/person). Entry fee is non-refundable.
Registration – Registration must be remitted in person or by mail to Corps Fitness (220 Park Road North, Wyomissing, PA 19610) along with full team payment amount of $180. Checks made payable to Corps Fitness, cash or credit card are accepted. Registration fees are non-refundable.
Deadline for Registration – October 16, 2017. NO SAME DAY REGISTRATION
DESCRIPTION OF EVENT
This is a 4 person team event. Teams may register and participate as a First Responder or a Civilian Team. Within those 2 categories, you may register as an All Male, All Female or Co-Ed team. Kick off of the challenge begins promptly at 8:00AM at the Berks County Fraternal Order of Police Memorial . After the kick off, different teams will begin in waves. Teams will be faced with mental, physical and tactical challenges, many of which represent the tasks First Responders face while on the job.
All competitors are invited to join us back at Corps Fitness after the conclusion of the event for a fun After-Party.
The After-Party begins at Corps Fitness immediately following finish of last team in challenge. All challenge participants and first responder volunteers will receive a FREE delicious buffet meal courtesy of our sponsor Mission BBQ of Wyomissing. Family and friends are encouraged to join us at the After Party and can pre-order and pre-purchase a buffet ticket on participants registration page or in person at Corps Fitness for a cost of $10. There will be a limited number of extra buffet tickets available the day of challenge; order ahead of time to secure your ticket!
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
- Grings Mill will remain open on the day of the challenge, so Teams are asked to be respectful and cognizant of community members who are using the trail and park.
- Spectators are encouraged to bring bikes and ride along to view all the challenges.
- Portion of all proceeds from the Challenge will go the Kyle Pagerly Memorial Fund.
***We all know the risks first responders must take while on the job and the dangers they face. Tragically, many of our first responder finest have lost their lives while protecting and serving. We’d like to honor those men and women during our challenge on October 28th.
If you know a fallen first responder that you would like honored, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org, that person’s name, end of watch, and department for which they served.
Special dedication signs for these men and women will be placed along the challenge trail for us all to remember them and their ultimate sacrifice.
We look forward to a well-attended, well-executed event. But we couldn’t support our First Responders without the help of Volunteers! If you’d like to volunteer your time for this special event, please contact Melissa Hazlett at email@example.com. We thank you in advance for helping us to make this a spectacular day!
Angel Rosa, 21, of South Portland, Maine; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, died March 13, 2007 from wound received while conducting combat operations in al Anbar province, Iraq.
Angel is remembered as an outstanding athlete as well as a dedicated leader and dear friend. He was never afraid to challenge himself, to push himself beyond his limits, at whatever he chose to do.
His Aunt recalls that “a lot of things came easy to him. But he was never a braggart. He was as humble a young man as you will ever meet.” She further says, “Angel will be remembered as a man who touched everyone’s lives, a man who inspired us to be better all around…”
US Marine Corps Sergeant Mark T. Smykowski, 23, of Mentor, OH was killed on June 6, 2006 while conducting combat operations in al Anbar province, Iraq.
He was part of a group from his high school, all of whom enlisted in the Marine Corps together, known as the Mentor Seven. Their relationship was much deeper than simple friendship….it was BROTHERHOOD.
Smykowski chose to become a reconnaissance man, one of the most difficult jobs in the military service. Among other things, recon involves scout swimming; small-boat operations; close combat skills; helicopter and submarine insertion and extraction techniques; and assault climbing.
“His heart was huge” says one of his fellow Mentor Seven. “He was an example of what a young person should be as far as appreciation of freedom and all that it stands for.”
After his funeral, young men approached Smykowski’s mother and asked if they could do anything for her. “Yes”, she said. “Live like there’s no tomorrow. Make your mother proud. So if something happened tomorrow, you’ll have no regrets.” That’s how her son lived.
Lance Cpl. Bishop of Dickson, Tenn., was a 2002 graduate of Dickson County High School and joined the Marine Corps through the delayed entry program in September 2002. He went on active duty in 2003 and went to Afghanistan right out of boot camp. He was trained as a machine gunner and was promoted to lance corporal in July 2006. He always felt protective of his family and even told them he would protect them. He was the kind that would always come to your rescue.
Bishop went through some difficult times personally, but was able to pull through, and afterward “he always found a way to make a bad situation better,” said Sgt. Walter Rattray.
“Adam was one of the best guys I knew. Always caring, always loving, he would give you the shirt off your back if you needed it,” Rattray said. “I loved Adam like a brother. He will never be forgotten.”
On April 29, 2007 during his final patrol mission, Manion made the ultimate sacrifice.
His patrol was concluding a search of a suspected insurgent house when it came under precision small arms fire attack. With the corpsman seriously wounded by enemy fire and the attack developing in to a full-scale ambush, Manion and a fellow Marine exposed themselves to increasing fire to pull the corpsman out of the kill zone.
After recovering the corpsman and administering first aid, Manion led his patrol in a counter attack personally eliminating an enemy position. As he continued to direct the patrol, another Marine was wounded. He again moved across the kill zone, under fire by five insurgents, to recover the wounded Marine. Iraqi Army reinforcements were halted by an IED and were unable to advance on the flank of the insurgents, leaving Manion and his patrol to take fire from three sides.
While fearlessly exposing himself to gain a more advantageous firing position and drawing enemy fire away from the wounded Marines, Manion was fatally wounded by an enemy sniper.
His courageous and deliberate actions inspired the eventual counter attack and ultimately saved the lives of every member of his patrol, according to his medal citation.
“In January 2007, during one of our final phone conversations, Travis said to me, ‘Mom, America does not know how good they have it and all the good the young men and women over here are doing for them. They need to know.’
During his first stay at home, Travis and his brother-in-law attended an Eagles game at Lincoln Financial Field. As they were leaving the stadium, Travis’ brother-in-law joked with Travis that if he tripped him and broke his leg, Travis would not have to return to Iraq and could stay home in Doylestown. Travis turned to him and said, “Hey Dave, if not me, then who?”
Thanks to ALL who took part in Summer 2017 Hero Week honoring fallen Marines and our Corps Fitness foundations.
Many went for all 7 days….congrats to all of YOU!
Big props to Ryan McLin who was our inaugural recipient of the Kyle Pagerly CF Spirit award. Not only did he do all 7 days, but he did them with integrity, all while motivating others around him with his 110% work ethic and motivating words!
And as a wrap, below is the link to the recap video posted on youtube! Thanks all!
FINAL REMINDER: Tomorrow’s Finale Day Hero Week workout begins at 9:00AM at Happy Hollow Playground! 1100 Wayne Avenue, Wyomissing.
Don’t forget to stay after the workout for the After-Party. There were a few (very few) extra Mission BBQ meal tickets ordered. First come, first served for those!
See you tomorrow!