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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Pendleton hosts 2012 CrossFit Games

By Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | July 14, 2012

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Competitors gather at the starting line and prepare to dive into the first event of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games at Camp Pendleton’s San Onofre Beach, Jul. 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course.

Competitors gather at the starting line and prepare to dive into the first event of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games at Camp Pendleton’s San Onofre Beach, Jul. 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Competitors run along Camp Pendleton’s San Onofre Beach shoreline during the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course.

Competitors run along Camp Pendleton’s San Onofre Beach shoreline during the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Rich Froning strategically walks backward into the water while wearing swimming fins during the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games at Camp Pendleton’s San Onofre Beach, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course.

Rich Froning strategically walks backward into the water while wearing swimming fins during the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games at Camp Pendleton’s San Onofre Beach, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Angie Pye makes her way out of the water and proceeds to the next event, the bike race, during the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games at Camp Pendleton’s San Onofre Beach, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course.

Angie Pye makes her way out of the water and proceeds to the next event, the bike race, during the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games at Camp Pendleton’s San Onofre Beach, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Thuridur Erla Helgadottir reaches the end of the biking event where she began her trek up Microwave Mountain during the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games in the hills of Las Pulgas, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course.

Thuridur Erla Helgadottir reaches the end of the biking event where she began her trek up Microwave Mountain during the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games in the hills of Las Pulgas, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Competitors sprint to the finish line of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games in Camp Pendleton’s 52 Area, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course.

Competitors sprint to the finish line of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games in Camp Pendleton’s 52 Area, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Daniel Tyminski stops to catch his breath after crossing the finish line of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games at Camp Pendleton, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course.

Daniel Tyminski stops to catch his breath after crossing the finish line of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games at Camp Pendleton, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Matt Chan stops to catch his breath after crossing the finish line of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games at Camp Pendleton, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course.

Matt Chan stops to catch his breath after crossing the finish line of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games at Camp Pendleton, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Aja Barto celebrates as he crosses the finish line of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games at Camp Pendleton, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course.

Aja Barto celebrates as he crosses the finish line of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games at Camp Pendleton, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Matthew Lefave flips over an obstacle course bar during the day’s final event of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games in Camp Pendleton’s 52 Area, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course.

Matthew Lefave flips over an obstacle course bar during the day’s final event of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games in Camp Pendleton’s 52 Area, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Becky Conzelman leaps up-and-over a high-log during the obstacle course event of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games in Camp Pendleton’s 52 Area, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course.

Becky Conzelman leaps up-and-over a high-log during the obstacle course event of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games in Camp Pendleton’s 52 Area, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Jasmine Dever hurdles over a set of wooden logs during the day’s final event of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games in Camp Pendleton’s 52 Area, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course.

Jasmine Dever hurdles over a set of wooden logs during the day’s final event of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games in Camp Pendleton’s 52 Area, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Spencer Hendel beats out the other competitors in his heat and wins the men’s obstacle course elimination event during the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games in Camp Pendleton’s 52 Area, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course.

Spencer Hendel beats out the other competitors in his heat and wins the men’s obstacle course elimination event during the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games in Camp Pendleton’s 52 Area, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Kristan Clever smiles after a 2nd place finish of the women’s obstacle course final elimination heat during the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games in Camp Pendleton’s 52 Area, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course.

Kristan Clever smiles after a 2nd place finish of the women’s obstacle course final elimination heat during the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games in Camp Pendleton’s 52 Area, July 12. CrossFit athletes competed in a true test of fitness that included swimming 700-meters in the Pacific Ocean, biking 6-miles through grueling terrain, running up more than 1400 vertical feet and ending the day’s events by maneuvering their way though a Marine Corps Obstacle Course. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --  Ninety-one athletes pushed themselves to the breaking point as they competed in the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games aboard Camp Pendleton, July 12.

The games first event, Pendleton 1, consisted of a run, swim and bike challenge. Pendleton 2 was an 11 kilometer run, said Dave Castro, the director of the CrossFit Games.

Castro said, "For the first time ever in CrossFit Games’ history, we had athletes go head to head in an elimination course."

CrossFit is rapidly gaining global attention for the increased physical effects of the committed individuals, regardless of their fitness experience. The design of the CrossFit program delivers broad, general and inclusive fitness.

"Expect a challenge," said Jeremy Kinnick, a 2012 CrossFit Games competitor. "Everybody who starts (CrossFit), even the athletes here today, aren't good at everything in CrossFit."

Announcing the games’ events just days, hours or minutes prior to conducting them is a major element that differentiates the CrossFit Games from traditional sporting events. Participants train to expect the unexpected.

In the men's category, Numi S. Katrinarson took first place in Pendleton 1 with a time of 42 minutes, 13 second. Chad Mackay followed closely behind with a time of 43:04. Mackay came back to even the score in the next event, Pendleton 2, placing first with a time of 1:57:33, Katrinarson placed second with a time of 1:59:16.

In the women's category, Ruth Anderson Horrell won Pendleton 1, recording a time of 48:14. Julie Foucher took second place with a time of 49:18. Foucher was the victor for Pendleton 2 with a time of 2:05:12.

During the last event of the day, competitors raced against the clock and one another, maneuvering a Marine Corps obstacle course. Competitors would move on to the next round by winning their heat.

"It started to get fun after I went through it a few times," said Kinnick, referring to the obstacle course at the School of Infantry.

Spencer Hendel placed first in the men's O-Course event by winning the final heat with a breakneck time of 33.1 seconds. Talayna Forunato placed first in the women's category, recording a time of 43.39.

"It has been a huge honor to be able to participate on and work together with Camp Pendleton. Hopefully these events get more Marines involved in CrossFit," said Kinnick.

For more information on the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games visit www.games.crossfit.com.

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