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Battle Beyond the Barbell: Janis Foligno Foundation fundraiser holding at-home edition for 2020

Event was supposed to take place at CrossFit Sudbury on June 6, but in-person event not possible due to pandemic
CrossFit Sudbury co-owners Dr. Adam Ball and Kristin Green are seen here in 2019. (Supplied)

The Janis Foligno Foundation fundraiser Battle Beyond the Barbell, which was supposed to take place at CrossFit Sudbury gym June 6, is unable to be held in person this year due to the pandemic, but an at-home version of the event is underway.

“When our doors closed in March due to government restrictions, we had already set the date and were planning this year’s competition,” said physiotherapist and CrossFit Sudbury co-owner Kristin Green, in a press release.

“This would have been the 8th annual Battle Beyond the Barbell in support of the Janis Foligno Foundation. We just couldn’t imagine a year going by without getting competitors together somehow. We love seeing everyone near and far; catching up with familiar faces and meeting new people. So, we decided to hold the event online to get everyone together with a special virtual workout.”

A team fitness competition, Battle Beyond the Barbell has been an annual event that CrossFit Sudbury has organized since 2012. 

Typically, 80 athletes come together to compete in teams of four, with hundreds of spectators cheering on friends and family members. The goal of the event is to create an inclusive, challenging, and fun day of workouts and tests for teams from across Ontario, all while raising funds to support the Janis Foligno Foundation. Since its inception, the event has raised close to $50,000.

Interested athletes and spectators are welcome to join this year’s event by tuning into the CrossFit Sudbury live feed on Facebook. The event will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 6th on CrossFit’s Sudbury’s Facebook page.

To donate to The Janis Foligno Foundation, please visit this website.

The Janis Foligno Foundation (est. 2010) was created in memory of Janis Foligno, cherished daughter, wife, mother, sister, cousin and friend, who died in July 2009 after living with breast cancer.

To date, the Janis Foligno Foundation has supported various charities including the Sudbury Regional Hospital Foundation's Breast Cancer Equipment Fund, the Maison McCulloch Hospice, Meals on Wheels and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). 

Visit the foundation’s website for more information.

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