You know you’ve put on a good fitness-themed fundraiser when even varsity athletes say, “Wow! I’m tired!”
“Nate’s Knockout” — the run-burpee-squats-planks event held yesterday at Staples — accomplished its goal. It raised plenty of money for research into Ewing’s sarcoma, a bone cancer that strikes young adults.
It brought together Westporters of all ages, and many more from Union College.
And it exhausted the participants.
“Nate’s Knockout” honored Nate Greenberg, the former Staples High School lacrosse and soccer player, now a senior lacrosse captain at Union. He’s battling the disease, and his many friends wanted to do something to help Nate and everyone else with the same form of cancer.
In just a few weeks, the Staples Lacrosse Association and Fitness Factory organized the event. It drew over 200 participants, despite the tough start time (10 a.m. Sunday), the weather (it was cold!) and the daunting physical challenges.
Teams of 4 taking the “varsity challenge” had to run 5 miles, do 750 squats and 750 burpees, and complete a 10-minute plank hold. The “junior varsity challenge” was less intense — but not much.
This was no stroll through Central Park, or pledge-a-penny-for-every-soccer-juggle.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that! I’m just sayin’…
Nate arrived like a rock star, in a black SUV. He was immediately embraced by family members, friends, current Union athletes (including his coach), former Staples teammates, and many others who just wanted to help.
“Let’s do this!” Nate said. And hundreds did.
Nate’s irrepressible grandmother Lee was there too. It took a concerted effort to keep her from doing squats and burpees.
The fundraiser earned over $20,000. That news — and seeing Nate’s glowing spirit and strength — made all the tired muscles worth it.