This is the year the HEAVIES came out to play. CrossFit Games competitors such as, Brooke Ence, Margaux Alvarez, Tiffany Hendrickson battled it out with local girls Brandy Richardson and Elyse Umeda in the Female Individual Competition. On the Men’s side, up and comers such as Will Moorad and Cody Anderson, battled established veterans such as Pat Barber, Alex Nettey, Ben Alderman. Brooke Ence came out on top in the Women’s division while Cody Anderson did the same on the Men’s side.
In Team Competition, just like year’s past, CrossFit 808 dominated once again and took 1st place. Newcomer’s Aloha Barbarians came in 2nd. Maui’s CrossFit State of Mind from Lahaina took 3rd.
The event raised a total of $35,457 which was split up and donated two local charities, Puko`a Kani Aina and Valley of the Rainbows.
We went BIG in 2013 as The Neal Blaisdell Arena became the new home of The Showdown and this was the first year we opened up the Individual Competition to those outside of the State of Hawaii. Big names such as 2010 CrossFit Games champion, Kristen Clever came down to wow the island crowd while Ben Alderman and Jamie Hagiya claimed their crown as 2013 Showdown champs. On the Team competition, after 52 teams battled it out, "CrossFit 808 - E's Angels" reigned supreme for the 3rd straight year.
The event raised a staggering $28,955 for Operation Homefront Hawaii. By far our biggest amount!
In 2012, we decided to do it again, this time a little bigger and a whole lot better. The location, St. Louis School in Honolulu. With the outdoor elements, top-notch rig courtesy of Total Fitness USA and the rubberized track, all athletes were in for brutal test of overall fitness over the course of four events.
In the end, Elyse Umeda came out the top dog in the Individual Competition, while CrossFit 808 made it a repeat in the Team Competition. More importantly, we raised over $15,000 for Operation Homefront Hawaii!
In 2011, Hawaii VA Loans decided to raise money to support Operation Homefront Hawaii, a non-profit that supports families of deployed service members as well as Hawaii's Wounded Warriors. At the same time, we knew Hawaii was itching for a CrossFit Competition....so why not combine the two? That's what we did and On October 2nd, 2011, 8 CrossFit Affiliates and 5 of the Island's elite CrossFitters came together for the first ever Hawaii CrossFit Affiliate Challenge - titled "The Showdown for Operation Homefront".