CrossFit craze impacts tourism, "Red, WOD and Blue" event to be held this weekend

Beginning Saturday, August 2, you can test your physical fitness against local firefighters and police officers, in Myrtle Beach, at Red, Wod and Blue. | Source: Facebook
Beginning Saturday, August 2, you can test your physical fitness against local firefighters and police officers, in Myrtle Beach, at Red, Wod and Blue. | Source: Facebook

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A functional-fitness event that welcomes all to compete, is being held at the Market Common this weekend. Beginning Saturday, August 2, you can test your physical fitness against local firefighters and police officers, in Myrtle Beach, at Red, WOD and Blue.

More than 100 people have signed up for the new and unique functional fitness event - Red, WOD and Blue. The "WOD," or workout of the day, will take place Saturday morning.

CrossFit Driving formations and Legacy Series want to take fitness to a new level, by inviting competitors of all levels. Whether you're coming to watch the event, or join in on the challenge, folks get a chance to experience the level of strength and dedication our local heroes put forth, every day.

"Everything we do in the fire department, there's a lot of work involved, a lot of physical activity, so what we do is we try to combine those movements and just functional everyday movements, for the regular person, you know anything from carrying groceries inside to walking up the stairs," said CrossFit Driving Formations head coach Tadd Rubin.

Part of the proceeds from the event will go to the March of Dimes.

Plus, the nationwide craze of CrossFit, is picking up strength in the Myrtle Beach area and may be adding to our sports tourism growth.

CrossFit Driving Formations is less than a year old and one of many to open in the Myrtle Beach area. The owner of the gym says cross fit is more popular now more than ever because people want more than just a regular gym, they want a challenge.

With more cross fit gyms comes more events, like Race WOD in Murrells Inlet in August.

Each event brings in more people, too. Take The Salt Games for example, the competition hosted by Native Sons and Crossfit UpDog, doubled in strength this year, from last, with nearly 200 competitors.

Red, WOD and Blue is no different. Participants from North Carolina to Ohio and even California have signed up. A community adding to sports tourism in the Grand Strand.

"They say its a community and it is, people come from all over, they've got friends from other states or other cities and they'll meet up and do an event together and it really builds a community atmosphere," said Rubin.

If you want to join in on Red, WOD and Blue, there's still time. You can sign up online or go to CrossFit Driving Formations, Friday from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

For event details, including registration: https://www.legacyseriesevents.com/event-fitness.php?eid=3

Event Schedule:

Initial Event Schedule:

Friday, August 1st, 2014:

Pre-Registration Held at CrossFit Driving Formations

6:00pm - 8:00pm Early Athlete/Team and Vendor Check in and Rolling Athlete Briefings every 30minutes.

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014:

Registration and Event Held At Valor Park.

6:30am - 8:00am Athlete and Vendor Check-in

8:00am -8:30 am Athlete Briefing

8:45 am Heats Begin