Fitness enthusiasts stepped up their games on Saturday, January 11th, and made the inaugural Unbroken Ocala event one for the record books. More than 200 people attended the event, and raised $6,000 to benefit Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection.
The event was sponsored by CrossFit Iron Legion and Zone Health and Fitness. It took place at CrossFit Iron Legion and included four athletic zones: Running, Strongman, CrossFit and Gym Fitness. Each zone contained different workouts/stations. Participants could register for any number of stations, with all proceeds going to the center.
Additional funds were raised through the sale of event shirts and lunch packets, with hamburgers and hot dogs donated by Ben Marciano from Zone Health and Fitness.
According to Isabelle Ramirez, with CrossFit Iron Legion, the idea for the event came about last fall when Niki Tripodi, from Kimberly’s Center, talked with CrossFit Iron Legion owners Ted and Karen Dreaver, about the need for an outdoor therapeutic play area for children being served at the center.
Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection works to protect, serve and advocate for neglected and abused children in the community. The organization relies solely on grants and community donations.
According to Tripodi, the fundraising goal of the event was $5,000 and $6,000 was raised. Financial help is always needed, she adds.
“We encourage you to learn more about this children’s charity and you can make a difference today by donating at kimberlyscenter.org,” says Tripodi.
As for the success of the initial event, Ramirez notes that athletes ranged in age from teens to senior citizens, some of whom traveled more than an hour to reach the site, and they “almost tripled athlete participation the morning of the event.”
“A huge thanks to all of the sponsors and local organizations that helped promote the event and gave in-kind gifts, and to the many volunteers,” Ramirez offers. “Their support helped make this event meaningful and successful.”