The 2018 Extortion 17 Memorial Fitness Challenge | hosted by Operation Valor
“On August 6, 2011, a U.S. Army CH-47D Chinook helicopter approached a landing zone in Afghanistan 40 miles southwest of Kabul. The helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was on a mission to reinforce American and coalition special operations troops. It would never return. Insurgents fired at the Chinook, severed one of its rear rotor blades, and brought it crashing to the ground. All 38 onboard perished instantly in the single greatest moment of sacrifice for Americans in the war in Afghanistan. Those killed were some of the U.S.’s most highly trained and battle-honed commandos, including 15 men from the Gold Squadron of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, known popularly as SEAL Team 6, which had raided a Pakistan compound and killed Osama bin Laden just three months earlier.” — Ed Darack The Final Mission of Extortion 17
Join us in celebration of the lives of the 31 brave men who were taken from us on the last flight of Extortion 17.
What is a “Fitness Challenge”?
Modeled after The CrossFit Games™ and other, similar CrossFit™ competitions around the world, our Fitness Challenges are, simply put, tests. Each of our 3 competitions will be composed of 3 workouts targeting: strength, muscular endurance, and cardiovascular conditioning. These workouts are made up of a broad range of different functional movements. You will lift heavy weights. You will move your body through space. And, you will work in aerobic and anaerobic work ranges. And…you’ll do this for time and for total reps.
How does a “Fitness Challenge” work?
1. You register here for your spot. Space IS limited.
2. There will be (3) workouts for you to complete. One per week.
3. The first workout (E17.2018.1) will be released here (and via email) on August 2nd at 8pm central. All competitors will then have 7 fulls days to complete that workout.
4. You may repeat any workout as many times as you like WITHIN the announced date window for that workout. NOTE: submitted workouts must be complete. You may NOT splice together bits of different workouts together!
5. You record your workout. (OPTIONAL. For podium consideration ONLY)
6. Submit your race time at the Throwdowns.com link provided with your registration. (OPTIONAL. For podium consideration ONLY)
7. We post your score on our leader board.
8. The second (E17.2018.2) and third (E17.2018.3) workouts will be released on August 10th and August 17th, respectively, at 8pm central time.
9. Competition tshirts will be sent out to everyone one a first in, first out basis.
The Competition window is: (August 3rd – August 23rd)
Aug 05 : E17.18.1 released
Aug 06 – Aug 12 : Competitive window for E17.18.1
Aug 12 : E17.18.2 released
Aug 13 – Aug 19 : Competitive window for E17.18.2
Aug 19 : E17.18.3 released
Aug 20 – Aug 26 : Competitive window for E17.18.3
Aug 27 : E17 Fitness Competition winners announced
Competitor event tshirts are provided to ALL registrants.
Equipment for each workout will be described in the release notes for each event at the time of announcement. Workouts are designed to be easily accommodated by the standard equipment found in any cross functional fitness facility. Weights will be described in pounds and it is the athletes responsibility to use the appropriate competition weight.
- Pull up rig or bar set to a height allowing correct range of movement for the technique prescribed in the workout
- Regulation Olympic weightlifting bar: 20kg/45lbs for Men, 15kg/35 lbs for women
- Appropriate Bumper or steel regulation plates with marked weights to meet prescribed workout parameters
- Assault bike or equivalent Stationary Bike w/ monitor for calories and distance
- Concept 2 rower or equivalent Stationary Bike w/ monitor for calories and distance
- Standard weight Dumbbells
- Standard weight kettlebells (see chart for alternate descriptions of weights)
Army Sergeant Alexander J Bennett
Petty Officer 1st Class, SEAL Darrik C Benson
Chief Petty Officer, SEAL Brian R Bill
Air Force Para Rescue Tech Sergeant, John W Brown
Petty Officer 1st Class, SEAL Christopher G. Campbell
Army Chief Warrant Officer 4, David R Carter
Petty Officer 1st Class, Information Systems Technician, Jared W Day
Navy Master at Arms, Petty Officer 1st Class John “Jet Li” Douangdara
Army Specialist Spencer C Duncan
Chief Petty Officer, SEAL John W Faas
Army Staff Sergeant Patrick D Hamburger
Staff Sergeant, Air Force Combat Control Team Andrew W Harvell
Chief Petty Officer, SEAL Kevin A Houston
Lieutenant Commander, SEAL Jonas B Kelsall
Master Chief, SEAL, Louis “Lou” J Langlais
Chief Petty Officer, SEAL Matthew D Mason
Chief Petty Officer, SEAL Steven “Matt” M Mills
Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan J Nichols
Chief Petty Officer, EOD Nicholas H Null
Petty Officer 1st Class, SEAL Jesse D Pittman
Senior Chief, SEAL Thomas A Ratzlaff
Chief Petty Officer, SEAL Robert J Reeves
Chief Petty Officer, SEAL Heath M Robinson
Petty Officer 2nd Class, SEAL Nicholas P Spehar
Petty Officer 1st Class, Cryptologist Technician Michael J Strange
Petty Officer 1st Class, SEAL Jon “JT” Tumilson
Petty Officer 1st Class, SEAL Aaron C Vaughn
Senior Chief, EOD Kraig M K Vickers
Chief Petty Officer, SEAL Jason R Workman
Air Force ParaRescue Tech Sergeant, Daniel L Zerbe