Hundreds of competitors ran, lifted and leaped to greatness at the fourth annual Fraser Valley Throwdown on Friday and Saturday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Hundreds of competitors ran, lifted and leaped to greatness at the fourth annual Fraser Valley Throwdown on Friday and Saturday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

VIDEO & SLIDESHOW: Fraser Valley Throwdown returns to Abbotsford

Crossfit event draws hundred to Abbotsford for two days of intense athletic action

Hundreds of competitors pushed their body to the limits at the annual Fraser Valley Throwdown, which occurred at the Abbotsford Centre on Friday and Saturday.

The crossfit event sees male and female athletes compete within various individual and team divisions over two days. They face a series of workouts that are designed to accommodate novice to elite functional fitness athletes.

Each event is programmed uniquely using movements that include weightlifting, powerlifting, medicine ball and kettlebell training, rowing, running, skipping, plyometrics, and gymnastics.

The programming tests and rewards well rounded functional fitness. At the end of the weekend, the individual or team with the best overall fitness level in each division comes out on top.

Individual winners from the 2019 event included: American Thomas Hoffman (elite men), Washington State’s Hannah Frakes (elite women), Pitt Meadows native Michael Brain (intermediate men), Sooke’s Jacklyn Evans (intermediate women), Penticton’s Ross Mackenzie (masters men 35 to 39), Port Moody’s Audrey March (masters women 35 to 39), Semiahmoo’s Mike McCorkell (masters men 4o to 44), Delta’s Lindsay Barluk (masters women 40 to 44), Langley’s Jeff Metcalfe (masters men 45 to 49), Abbotsford’s Bill Vanderkooi (masters men 50 to 54) and Victoria’s Mark Woiwod (masters men 55 plus).

Team winners included: 2 Men and a Baby – Pitt Meadows natives Jeffrey Hajner, Paul Tylla Jr. and Shaun Crump (elite men), Fort Dottris – Langley’s Kayla Roux, Gracie Strachan and Delaina Snider (elite women), The Unrunners – Gibsons natvies Rob Green, Nik Stevenson and Neil Donovan (intermediate men), In The Six (Oh-4) – Vancouver’s Karine Badra, Jordan Moore and Carly Bristowe (intermediate women).

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