CrossFit is an organization — some would call it more of a movement — with tremendous respect for the military and law enforcement officers, which is why one of the sport’s best known traditions is the Hero WODs, or Workouts of the Day.
The best known is almost certainly “Murph,” the workout named after United States Navy SEAL Lieutenant Michael Murphy who was killed by Taliban forces in 2005. (Dwayne Johnson did it with John Krasinski this year on Memorial Day.)
Sometimes, as is the case with Memorial Day Murphs, Hero WODs are intended to help raise money for a charitable cause. Following this week’s rescue of twelve Thai schoolboys and their soccer coach from Chiang Rai’s Tham Luang cave, there have been calls for a new WOD dedicated to the only person who died during the operation.
Thirty-eight-year-old Thai Navy SEAL Saman Gunan delivered oxygen tanks to the trapped boys and their coach but ran out of oxygen for himself on the trip out of the cave system. CrossFit Chiang Mai is launching their own Hero WOD dedicated to the man and on August 11, anyone and everyone is invited to participate.
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He died so they might live. 🕊 As cave rescue operations in Thailand progress, we remember Saman Gunan, the former navy diver who died while taking part in efforts to rescue the 12 trapped boys and their football coach. Click on the link in our bio 👆 to read more about his heroic life.
8 Rounds for Time
13 Deadlifts (185lb/125lb)
17 Wall Balls (20lb/14lb)
There’s some symbolism here:
The Saman Hero WOD will include running 3.2 kilometers — the distance the boys and their coaches were into the cave. Each round will include 13 deadlifts, representing the 13 people that Saman gave his life to rescue, and 17 wall ball repetitions, representing their 17 days underground.
At the time of writing it’s been confirmed the WOD will be performed by athletes as far flung as Holland, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Canada, and all over the United States — even members of the Royal Thai Navy themselves will take part.
All the funds received will be donated to Gunan’s widow Waleeporn Gunan. If you’re interested in taking part, keep an eye on the Facebook group, where instructions on how to donate will be posted in the coming days.
Featured image via @abc7ny on Instagram and Noppa Bosri via Royal Thai Navy SEAL