Spectators Welcome To Witness Adaptive Athletes Compete In Working Wounded Games Nov. 1

The third annual functional fitness athletic competition on Nov. 1 at CrossFit Rubicon showcases the physical feats adaptive athletes can make. Athletes include military veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, first responders, athletes born with missing limbs, amputees following vehicle accidents, athletes with cerebral palsy and more.

For immediate release. 

VIENNA, VA – That day, it happened in slow motion.

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Scott Weaver spotted the roadside bomb in Afghanistan and told his driver to pull over. It would be the 30th improvised explosive device he would disarm – all of which with his own hands – since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began.

But as he put himself in between the truck, his comrades and the explosive, another 50-pound bomb he didn’t spot detonated. The ground rose up. Weaver watched as his leg got hit and felt the blast move through him. When he came to, his ears were ringing and he his left leg below his calf was gone.

And that’s when it happened. Weaver’s five seconds of cool.

“When you get blown up, you have to take a picture with your thumbs up,” said Weaver said.

A sign that no matter what you will overcome the injury? Absolutely. A moment in time that Weaver carries with him in all he does in life now? No doubt.

“I don’t remember saying it, but apparently in that moment I told the guys, ‘you better hurry up and take that picture because I only have five seconds of cool left in me,’” Weaver said. 

Turns out, Weaver has a lot more cool left than he realized. And he’ll prove it this weekend.

Weaver, who has since returned to full active duty with Navy SEALs out of Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base in Virginia Beach, will join 62 other adaptive athletes from around the world Saturday, Nov. 1 and compete in the 3rd Annual Working Wounded Games at CrossFit Rubicon in Vienna, Va.

Weaver is the event’s defending champion and only returned from his latest overseas deployment to the Middle East and Africa weeks ago to compete.

The Working Wounded Games, launched in 2012, is the flagship fundraising event of the Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance. It pits adaptive athletes against each other in a functional fitness competition on a level playing field.

Spectators are encouraged to attend.

“Adaptive is a compliment,” said David “Chef” Wallach, owner of CrossFit Rubicon, who co-founded the Crossroads Adaptive Alliance. “It’s their capacity to adapt and overcome. We look at it from a completely different perspective.”

The Working Wounded Games help adaptive athletes see that where they previously thought they were limited, they are not.

Proceeds from the Working Wounded Games benefit the Crossroads Adaptive Alliance and its mission to educate and train adaptive athletes to become adaptive coaches, helping to facilitate the reintegration of other permanently injured athletes back into both the sporting community and the local community at large through sport and competitive efforts.

To date this year, 63 athletes from all over the world, coming in from as far as England, will compete in the 2014 Working Wounded Games, said Sara Olsen, who co-founded the Crossroads Adaptive Alliance. This is more than double from the first Working Wounded Games in 2012. 

The Working Wounded Games drew 33 competitors from all over the country in 2013, with more than half being amputees and many of them military veterans.

LMT Inc. has been a title sponsor and has coproduced the Working Wounded Games since its inception in 2012. 

“LMT’s commitment to the military veteran community and its support of our country’s mission in the counter-Improvised Explosive Device (IED) fight are two ways we help protect our communities, country, and American way of life,” said LMT CEO Lani Hay. “Many military veterans impacted by IEDs are participating in the Working Wounded Games. When men and women are impacted by war, we have to support them in every possible way. It’s our duty,”

The Working Wounded Games expanded its competition categories this year and will bring back Spectator Workouts of the Day.

“Come cheer on your favorite athlete or just get a glimpse at some of the most amazing athletes in the fitness competition community,” Olsen said.

All attendees – from athletes to spectators and volunteers – will be required to sign a waiver upon entry. Event opening ceremonies will start at 9 a.m.

Athletes who have competed in the previous games, and those who are registered for the 2014 event, include military veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, first responders, athletes born with missing limbs, amputees following vehicle accidents, athletes with cerebral palsy, and more.

ABOUT THE WORKING WOUNDED GAMES:

Working Wounded Games is the flagship event of the Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance. It pits adaptive athletes against each other in functional fitness competition on a level playing field – no complex category system, no scaling, no holds barred. This year’s event will take place at CrossFit Rubicon in Vienna, Va. Nov. 1. Come out and cheer on the athletes. Live score updates will be posted for those who can’t make it in person.

 ABOUT THE CROSSROADS ADAPTIVE ATHLETIC ALLIANCE:

The Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance supports adaptive athletes through sport, community and education. It provides grants for athletes to compete in events nationwide, hosts the WWG, educates coaches to work with and program for adaptive athletes, and educates and trains adaptive athletes to become adaptive coaches, helping to facilitate the reintegration of other permanently injured athletes back into both the sporting community and the local community at large through sport and competitive efforts.

The Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance brings the profoundly important sources into one centralized environment. An open source community built not just for adaptive athletes, but by adaptive athletes, their coaches, and experts in a broad range of fields.

ABOUT LANMARK TECHNOLOGY INC (LMT):

LMT Inc. is a mathematic optimization company, helping business and government to transform otherwise ambiguous data into clear and actionable insight. Where most people see the events and details of life and work as narratives, LMT views the world through a mathematical lens, observing data points and numbers.

Deep in that data lies the meaning to numbers – trends, patterns and predictions of what may happen in the future. For government clients, that means preventing future harm from occurring to people and property. For business leaders, it gives them the solutions they need to make informed decisions.

For the last decade, LMT's team of analysts have studied the narratives from the frontlines of military operations to help predict and prevent military troops and civilian communities from getting hurt. Private organizations now increasingly turn to LMT for equivalent predictive analysis.

Learn more about LMT at www.LMT-INC.com.

LMT's subject matter experts are knowledgeable about many of the most relevant global issues of the day, and welcome the opportunity to share insights. To schedule an interview, or for all other media inquiries, contact Brian Krow, Director of Creative Services: 571.766.2200 or Brian.Krow@LMT-INC.com.