Concept2 Supports the 2009 Champions

July 22, 2009 8:00 AM

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Games09MikkoRowSledgeC2.jpgTracy Desrocher from Concept2 extends an open invitation to the winners of the 2009 CrossFit Games, Tanya Wagner, and Mikko Salo in the following message:

I am just getting done with a couple of weeks of working and playing with the well-known CrossFit community. It started with a few days spent at this year's CrossFit Games and again this past weekend; Concept2 hosted their second CrossFit Rowing Specialty Certification, at their factory in Vermont. I am tired and fried, but I am also addicted. I can't get enough of the great energy and inspiring respect that has emerged between the CrossFit community and the Rowing Community.

I have witnessed athletes from both of these communities learn from each other, have fun together, and most importantly play hard together. Each time we have an experience with CrossFit, the exchange of knowledge and love for sport is, well, incredible. I love it.

As we watched this year's Games and everything that led up to the big weekend we knew going to Aromas, CA that we could not just show up with 2 Indoor Rowers to give the Winners of this year's event. We knew that after we witnessed this intense competition that just exudes passion, competition, and true athleticism, that we had to arrive with an offering of something that we knew would be appreciated by the athletes and would allow Concept2 to give back more than just an object. We wanted to give something that allowed us to share with the CrossFit athletes something from our competitive world like they have done for Concept2 over the year's.

This year Concept2 would like to provide both Mikko Salo and Tanya Wagner a chance to come have some fun with Concept2.

Concept2 extends an invitation, to each of these incredible athletes, to attend the 2010 C.R.A.S.H-B Sprints, World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston, MA. What is the C.R.A.S.H.-B Sprints? It's the rowing world's version of the CrossFit Games. The race began in 1980 by several former US Olympic rowers. The CRASH-B sprints are officially sponsored by Concept 2. CRASH-B stand for Charles River All Star Has-Beens. This is the name the group of originators gave to themselves, and they are the official governing body of indoor rowing. The racing format has evolved over the history of the event. Now, all athletes race 2000 meters only once.

It's 2000 meters of Pure Fun as we affectionately describe it.

Concept2 is proud to offer each athlete this trip with all expenses paid. There is no pressure here. Mikko and Tanya are welcome to attend the event as just observers or if they would like, they may compete. Just as long as they are willing to share in the fun. If their decision is to compete, Concept2 will provide the athletes with everything they need to train for the event. Coaches, trainers and even the owner's of Concept2 are standing by to offer their expertise on this event. I will be standing by to arrange equipment for them if they do not have it, connect them with their trainers and schedule everything in between.

It would be a thrill for Concept2 to support and sponsor such true athletes at this event. I remember reading on the CrossFit website something by Greg Glassman on world class fitness. It ended by stating, "Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports." Come on Mikko and Tanya, Come learn and play with Concept2.

10 comments on this entry.

1. Z wrote...

July 22, 2009 8:06 AM

You're going to vastly improve Mikko Salo's skill in rowing?! Every other male competitor for the 2010 CrossFit Games just died a little inside.

In all seriousness, this gesture by Concept2 is really awesome and I would love to see how Mikko and Tanya do in a specialization against athletes that primarily train in that event.

2. cam wrote...

July 22, 2009 9:19 AM

remember this is a specialty event, controversy to ensue given the "fittest person" designation... cool nonetheless!

oh, and it's Mikko, not "Mike"

3. Steve S. wrote...

July 22, 2009 9:23 AM

Tracy Desrocher + C2 = Legit. Thanks for the support!

July 22, 2009 9:46 AM

This is AMAZING. More than them being able to just compete in the challenge but for Concept to give them the equipment, coaches and all expenses paid for this event is truly remarkable.

5. The Pie wrote...

July 22, 2009 10:24 AM

Good on Concept 2. There is a reason why they dominate their market and its not just the product. As a gym owner dealing with them truly was a pleasure and to see them now taking the sponsoring of the games to a whole new level is fantastic. They have set the bar high, lets see if the other sponsors can stick with them.

Congrats.
The Pie
CrossFit Lions

6. Ryan Brown wrote...

July 22, 2009 10:30 AM

Dear CF media,
If Mikko takes C2 up on this offer and competes, please document his journey from Finland to the CRASH-B Sprints if he'll let you.

7. Mark Lee wrote...

July 22, 2009 10:40 AM

C2 is such a class operation-which is probably why it and CrossFit are such a good marriage. I was at the last crash-b's at B.U. and it was really great and the crew from C2 were awesome! Not to mention we had a pocket of CrossFitters cheering for E.C., James Hobart, and the crew who participated. If Mikko and Tanya are there this year and our representation grows this is going to be a blast!

8. Becky N wrote...

July 22, 2009 11:21 AM

Having come from the Boston rowing community and been to the CRASH-B sprints a number of times I have got to say this is awesome. I hope that they are both able to go and have fun. There will be some huge names in rowing there and Boston is always a fun town.

I agree with Ryan Brown I hope CF media can document both Mikko and Tanya.

9. Daniel Freedman wrote...

July 22, 2009 11:38 AM

I agree that C2 is a class operation all the way. I had breakfast with Greg Hammond at the hotel during the Games. He's just as 'real' in person as he is in the videos instructing Jon Gilson. He also has a really sick smile when he talks about the joys of cleaning puke off the rowers. The guys at C2 strike me as athletes focused on improving performance. It's not just business.

10. gaucoin wrote...

July 22, 2009 1:46 PM

That's a good shot of DJ running back from getting yet another sledge to pound that steak from hell into the bedrock.

C2 are awesome, what a great offer to the champs. I met Greg and he gave me a t-shirt! NICE!