“Hero workout” in Kingsport this weekend to honor fallen firefighter

Kingsport, TN (WJHL) – The sweat will be dripping for a good cause in downtown Kingsport this Saturday.

The public is invited to join first responders and CrossFitters for a “hero workout” to honor the legacy of a fallen firefighter, while benefiting his family.

The workout is to honor the memory of Captain Jeff Bowen, who died while fighting a fire in Asheville, NC, in 2011.

“It’s all one big family,” says Kingsport Police officer Brandon Begley, “it doesn’t matter if you’re police, fire, EMS, first responder is first responder and they are all brothers.”

The annual workout has been taking place in Asheville each year, but this is the first year an additional fundraiser will be held at another location. Kingsport firefighter Andrew Catron spearheaded the effort, after taking part in the event in Asheville last year.


“He made the ultimate sacrifice in 2011,” says Catron, “and here we are now, still paying tribute to him.”

100% of the proceeds will go to Jeff Bowen’s family, and everyone is encouraged to take part.

“You don’t have to be a crossfitter to come out and do this,” says Catron, “all the workout can be scaled to your level, so we can have members of the public come out and try it, and pay tribute.”

A donation of $35 earns you a spot in the heat as well as a commemorative t-shirt. Spectators and families are welcome and encouraged to attend the event. Backdraft BBQ will be on hand, and all of their proceeds will go to the Bowen family as well. Prizes will also be raffled off to raise money as well.
bowen tshirts
“It’s a great way to give back to the community and to a hero to the Asheville community,” says Begley, “he may not be from here, but a hero is a hero, regardless.”

Participants can register ahead of the event online at http://www.bowenworkout.com or they can sign up at the event.

Bowen Workout V will run heats of 30 minutes on Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event will take place at Crossfit Manic, located at 117 Wexler Street in downtown Kingsport.

“If you don’t want work out, just come down, hang out,” says Begley, “we’ll have food trucks here, we’d love to have a huge crowd cheering people on, cheering the athletes on.”


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