Working out for 24 hours

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On Oct. 21 a group of dedicated Airdronians will work up a sweat for a good cause as they take part in CrossFit 403’s CF24 event. Participants in Airdrie and gyms across Canada will be working out every hour on the hour for 24 hours consecutively in support of Special Olympics Canada.

“It’s pretty much a giant slumber party to benefit Special Olympics Canada,” said Angie Tennison, who works at CrossFit 403.

Participants will work in teams of three to six athletes to complete 24 different ten-minute workouts each hour. Tennison said she expects between 50 to 70 athletes to take part.

Between workouts athletes can take part in dance competitions, silent auctions, grab a drink or bite to eat from different food trucks, or catch up on sleep before the next workout.

Tennison said members of the public are encouraged to check the event out and, if they’re feeling strong, try out a workout or two.

“It’s a good idea to have some kind of general background with fitness, but there’s going to be tons of coaches and tons of athletes there to help anybody who wants to give it a shot,” she said.

CF24 started out as friendly competition between neighboring gyms in Calgary seven years ago and has progressed to nation-wide event. Since the event’s start, more than $450,000 has been raised in support of the Special Olympics.

“A lot of times people don’t know how to interact with people with special needs,” Tennison said. “It’s kind of opening communication between communities and seeing (how) everybody likes to play sports and everybody likes to be included.”

The Special Olympics help more than 4.9 million athletes, ages eight years old and up from around the world, in providing year-round, inclusive sports programing.

The CF24 event is free for participating athletes but a donation is asked for participants who did not fundraise for the event. For more information visit cf24.org

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