24 hours. No sleep. Workouts non-stop. The human body at its limits. All to raise funds for transforming an impoverished area of 6,000 people in Malawi into a self-sustaining community.
Each year a group of select athletes and crazy fitness enthusiasts embark on this unique charity workout challenge at CrossFit gyms in Switzerland and soon in other countries.
The event is in partnership with the Face-to-Face AIDS Project (F2F), a non-profit organization that is working to offer a holistic, culturally sensitive approach to nurturing fundamental, long-lasting improvements in the poorest rural communities.
- 2017 will be the 7th year of this charity event series. It was launched in 2010 at Reebok CrossFit Zurich by Jeff Grant, Moritz Furrer and Ozren Durdevic, and later expanded to Hillseeker Fitness, Beast Mode Bärn, and many other awesome host gyms. We’ve hosted 24-hour events the past 5 years, with more than 150 full-24 finishers and dozens upon dozens more participating as a volunteers, joining workouts, fundraising, making donations and more.
- There are opportunities for athletes to go for the full 24-hours solo or as a team or just join for one or more workouts.
- 2016 was the first year of our endurance cycling event, and 2015 was our first year with a 24-hour hiking event! And in 2017, we launched the Victory Garden WOD!
- There are many opportunities to volunteer, plus donations are always welcome!
- Representatives of Hillseeker, Beast Mode Bärn, and Reebok CrossFit Zurich have visited F2F projects in Malawi and Cambodia and have worked closely with F2F for 7+ years. See video and photo library. All host gyms have the opportunity to send a representative to Malawi to visit the projects we support.
- Workout selections are a surprise to the athletes.
- Be a part of something special! Learn how to get involved as an athlete, donor or supporter. Multiple roles are possible too!
Workouts (known as a WODs for Workout of the Day) are known for their extremely challenging and often grueling nature and a single WOD often leaves athletes lying on the floor gasping. Each hour on the hour, a WOD will be announced and athletes will immediately perform it. Tasks can include a mix of sprinting, Olympic weightlifting, indoor rowing, gymnastics, agility and sports accuracy skills and other high intensity sports activities for a period of 10-45 minutes. Due to the technical complexity of movement and coordination required for many of the expected 24 workouts, as well as the overall high intensity throughout, this event is expected to prove more extreme. Safety and athlete care are priorities and this greatly influences the design of the workouts. In addition, a high value is placed on variation and training outside, in the local environment.