Black Hills CrossFit annual Hero Workout honors fallen Rapid City Police Officers

To help pay tribute to two fallen RCPD Officers, Black Hills CrossFit held its eighth annual Hero Workout.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — It’s been a decade since Rapid City Police Officers Nick Armstrong and Ryan McCandless lost their lives in the line of duty.

To help pay tribute to the two officers and others, Black Hills CrossFit held its annual Hero Workout.

Black Hills CrossFit has been holding the workout for the past eight years.

Will Williams, one of the owners of the gym, says the workout is a way to honor all officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“We love to do this because it allows us to first and foremost pay tribute to Nick and Ryan but also give our thanks to law enforcement officers who put their lives at risk to keep us safe,” Williams said.

The workout uses both officers’ ID numbers with the Rapid City Police Department for the reps.

Jason Ocilika – who works for the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and knew both Ryan and Nick – brought the idea and workout to the owners of Black Hills CrossFit – who were happy to start the tradition.

Jason says that workouts like this symbolize more than just a way to get in shape.

“A lot of the hero workouts, if you look at different Crossfit hero workouts, they try and use that symbolism, different things, just to kinda add that in to the workout, so it’s not just a workout, it actually has some meaning to it,” Ocilika said.

There are also many forms of the workout so that everyone can take part and you don’t have to have any CrossFit experience to get a good pump on.

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