Kilos for Heroes (K4H) has been held for the last three years on or around Veterans' Day. This unique fundraising event raises money for active duty military and those who have served our great nation. This year the money raised will be used for the creation of a veteran-based scholarship to help a veteran attend college. Organizers anticipate raising between $750-$1000.
K4H takes place on Saturday, November 10. The huffing and puffing will begin at 7 am and last until around 3 pm. The event is being held at River 2 River Fitness, located at 3660 James Sanders Blvd in Paducah. Tickets are $80 per Coed team.
Co-organizer Brad Tate of Crossfit Dig Deep told me that this is the 4th year for Kilos for Heroes hosted at Dig Deep.
“K4H started off with around 14 teams; last year we had 34, and this year we will have a minimum of 50,” Tate told me. “Last year we had right at 300 people attend and this year we expect more. That's including athletes, volunteers, and community members. We will also have vendors ranging from coffee, food, clothes, massage therapy, and chiropractors.”
RX and scaled are divisions based on the athletes’ current skill level. Scales will be lighter weight and easier movements, while RX will be heavier weights and the movements are more challenging.
There will be three workouts and a championship workout for top three teams. All teams in their respective division will complete the workout and get placed on how they finish. After three workouts, the top three go to the final workout. All movement standards for each division were released, so athletes can determine what division they should compete in.
In the past, the money was raised for the Global War on Terrorism Memorial in Paducah. The events have raised roughly $2,500 for the Memorial which was unveiled in May of this year. Nathan Torian organized the campaign to raise the funds to build the Memorial which honors those who lost their lives serving our country.
Torian’s brother, MSGT. Aaron C. Torian, was killed February 15, 2014, while conducting operations in Afghanistan. Torian’s high school friend, Marine Sgt. Christopher T. Heflin, was killed November 16, 2004, in Iraq. Visit paducahky.gov for more information on the Memorial.
“Veterans are a staple of the Dig Deep (DD) family for numerous reasons,” Tate added. “DD was founded by a veteran, Doug Key and many of our athletes are veterans. Our head coach Chris Owen is a veteran, another coach Ben Allen is currently serving in a reserve component and I am currently serving on active duty. Our community proudly supports our veterans, our current military, law enforcement, and most importantly our country.”