The Emerald Coast Honor Games, an inaugural fitness and CrossFit-style competition, will be held Nov. 11 at Legendary Marine in Destin. Honoring its mission of supporting defenders of the front line, the Emerald Coast Honor Games will raise funds for Okaloosa County Sheriff's Star Charities, Healing Paws for Warriors, the Special Forces Association, and the Combat Control Association.
The games were kicked off on Oct. 10 with “A Night of Honor” at Legendary Marine’s showroom. The four charities, event organizer Sean Lynch, and special guest Peter Bos, were invited to speak in front of the community to generate awareness for the games and the organizations they benefit. Through a raffle and other means, Emerald Coast Honor Games was able to raise more than $7,000, jump starting their overall goal of $100,000.
The day will begin with the Ruck 22 march at 5:30 a.m. As statistics show, approximately 22 veterans commit suicide every day. To honor those heroes who have taken their lives, the community has the opportunity to engage, interact, and join area soldiers in an honorary ruck march entailing 22 full laps around Destin Middle School’s track. To sign up for Ruck 22, visit www.emeraldcoasthonorgames.com/copy-of-competition-1.
Following the Ruck 22, LuLu’s Destin will host an Honor Breakfast open to the community. Guest speakers, including U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, Florida Rep. Mel Ponder, and members of the Special Operations Survivors, will also join the breakfast. Doors open at 7:15 a.m. and tickets are $10 at the door.
A Veteran’s Day Kickoff, including an opening ceremony complete with the National Anthem, raising of the colors, invocation and special guest speakers, will follow the Honor Breakfast to get the games started.
The Emerald Coast Honor Games competition begins at 9 a.m. and will feature four major workout events that will be completed in teams of two. The workouts will provide scoring opportunities to produce winners in each of the divisions, which are broken down by age range. The competition will also feature two categories, RX/Elite and Scaled/Challenger. Potential competitors are encouraged to choose their appropriate category based on the standards listed on www.emeraldcoasthonorgames.com/competition.
All competitors are encouraged to view the competition’s workouts to ensure they are training adequately. To see the workouts, visit www.facebook.com/emeraldcoasthonorgames.
Family, friends, and spectators are encouraged to come out and watch the events throughout the day. They will also have the opportunity from 9 a.m. to noon to visit multiple agencies and military personnel who will have demonstration vehicles and display items for all ages to enjoy. With popular vendors, raffle and silent auction items, music, food, and a kid’s area, the Emerald Coast Honor Games will be a fun event for the whole family.
For those who are not inclined to compete, donations are still encouraged. With a financial goal of $100,000 to share among the four charities, any and all contributions will make a difference in the lives of our veterans and first responders.