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Locals compete to raise money, awareness for MHS weights program

Cassidy Watton does lunges as part of the gaunlet-style competition at Crossfit Malibu. Photos by Devon Meyers/22nd Century Media
Competitors row on rowing machines as part of the “Raise the Weights” competition.
Ashleigh Fryer, Senior Editor
2:19 pm PDT June 9, 2014

“Raise the Weights,” a fundraiser hosted by Crossfit Malibu, gathered more than $3,000 in donations on Saturday, June 7, to help the Malibu High School weight training program replace items stolen from its gym during spring break. 

The event, a gauntlet-style crossfit competition, drew a crowd of approximately 80 community members, 50 of whom participated in the workout, according to Dusty Breeding, event organizer and MHS weight program volunteer.

Participants completed six different movements as part of the competition, which included rowing, burpees, air squats, lunges, sit-ups and pull-ups. A tire flipping station was also available for participants to compete in.

Competitors included community members and MHS students and family members, many of whom received pledges for how many repetitions of each workout they were able to complete. 

“I was overwhelmed by the support from the community as a whole,” Breeding said. “With Crossfit Malibu donating their facilities, and all the local businesses that sponsored students, donated or showed their support, it was such a success.”

The MHS weight training head coach estimated that $5,000 would need to be raised to replace all of the equipment that was stolen, and the MHS Athletic Booster Club pledged to make up any amount short of $5,000 that was not raised from the event. 

For Breeding, the event represented more than just a monetary amount though.

“It turned out to be such a community-oriented event, and that’s what we really wanted,” Breeding said. “It was really about raising awareness for the weights program and creating some excitement around that. The money was just an extra blessing.”

Tax-deductible checks and donations can be made out to The Shark Fund with “Raise the Weights” in the memo line.