The Colosseum Gym proudly hosted the 3rd Annual Victor Martinez Fitness Challenge and Fun Run for Autism on Saturday, June 15th in Columbia, MD. The event consisted of 6 total events with an optional run. Events included a bench press (men: 185lbs / 225 lbs; women: 115lbs / 135lbs), squat (men: 225lbs / 275 lbs; women: 135lbs / 165lbs), deadlift (men: 225lbs / 275 lbs; women: 155lbs / 185lbs), pull-up (unassisted body weight), tire flip, and sled drag (men: 225lbs; women: 135lbs). Scoring was based on 50% of the participants’ total number of repetitions achieved throughout all events and 50% of the total number of dollars raised for the charity by pledges (100% of the fees, donations and raffle money went to Autism Speaks).
In addition to the great athletes who participated in the event and the highly supportive spectators, celebrity guests included IFBB Pros Jon Delarosa, Swann Cardot and Aaron Clark. The Colosseum Strongman team also delighted spectators with incredible feats of strength. The event raised over $4,000! Additionally, donations continue to come in through the FitForAutism.com website which will remain active. If you’d like to donate and show your support, please go to www.fitforautism.com (100% of all donations will go to Autism Speaks).
Grand Prize Winner Jon Metro is the Fit For Autism grand prize overall winner. Jon scored a total of 144 reps and received over $700 in pledges. Currently, Jon is a resident of Ocean City, Maryland and works for the Worcester County Developmental Center. Prior to this, he was a Combat Medic in the U.S. Army where he served 7 years and 2 tours in Iraq. Jon developed a passion for fitness during his military service that has become an integral part of his life. After an overall win in men’s physique at the OCB Regional competition in April, Jon has his sights set on dominating the NPC Maryland State / East Coast Championship next weekend in Rockville, Maryland. Needless to say, Jon is stoked about attending the 2013 Mr. Olympia in Las Vegas with Team MHP and receiving the Gourmet Steak Package from Heartland Home Foods!
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $195 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships and related activities in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.AutismSpeaks.org.
For more event details, video clips and photos, please go to www.fitforautism.com. If you could not attend the event, please consider a donation on behalf of Victor Martinez to support the groundbreaking programs and special projects that Autism Speaks fund.
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The Colosseum Gym would like to thank all of the sponsors of this event including David Johnston Training, MHP, Heartland Home Foods, American Muscle Supply, GetSome Xtreme Wear, Nutrition Locker, and The Calming Effect Therapeutic Massage.