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Christmas Throwdown CrossFit event raises $3K
Carbide Crossfit presented McMinnville Speical Games with a $3,000 check after raising money with the Christmas Throwdown event. Pictured are, from left, Carbide trainer Amanda Davis, Special Games representative Holly McBride and Carbide owner Brandon Eckel.
Hudson Winfree gets in reps on the row machine at the Christmas Throwdown.

Many locals didn’t wait until New Year’s to make it to the gym. Nearly 100 athletes flocked to Carbide CrossFit recently to take part in the Christmas Throwdown, which was put on to raise money for McMinnville Special Games.

The event, which attracted 24 four-person teams, raised $3,000 for the charity. It was quite a pleasant outcome for Carbide owner Brandon Eckel, who was one of the many local competitors in the event.

“For it being the first time doing it, it was the biggest outcome we’ve ever had,” said Eckel.

Eckel and Amanda Davis paired with McMinnville Special Games officials to put on the event Saturday, Dec. 15. Davis noted how teams flocked from all across the state to take part in the workout challenges, which were scaled to fit the athletes’ abilities.

Three divisions (RX, intermediate and scaled) recognized the top three, with those with special needs there to hand out awards. 

In the RX division, Grandma Got Run Over by a Gainzdeer topped Gangster Wrappers and Jingle All the Weights for the top spot. The intermediate division was won by CrossFit Mayhem Freedom, followed by The Fruitcakes and Four Lost Reindeer. The Noel-It-Alls won the scaled division. The Naughty List and Elf a WOD were second and third, respectively.

A line of hugs was waiting for all winners, something that brought tears to the eyes of the event organizers. 

Holly McBride was happy to see many of the athletes from the McMinnville Special Games get to interact with the CrossFit athletes, even taking part in some of the events on hand.

“We are honored Carbide CrossFit would include us in their Christmas Throwdown,” said McBride. “Our guys and gals with special needs had a wonderful time handing our prizes and getting hugs from all the athletes.

“The donation is amazing and we are so grateful. It takes a lot of volunteer manpower to fundraise and make that amount of money. This donation allows us to focus our time on the kids.”

Eckel and Davis are already envisioning a Throwdown 2.0 event next winter. The next big event at Carbide CrossFit will be the Festivus Games held in April.