This Saturday, April 13, 2019, the Summit Strength community along with athletes from other Indianapolis boxes, came together to honor the life and memory of Julie Mills, who is the inspiration behind the creation of Summit. Summit also accepted donations in support of the Colon Cancer Alliance, a leader in the fight against the disease.
It all began when Joe, one of the owners at Summit, lost his mom on April 13, 2014. At the time, he was home from college and lacking community to support him and his family during this difficult time. Luckily for Joe, he had a friend with a CrossFit box who opened his doors at just this important moment.
At his local box in West Lafayette, Joe found a welcoming community who genuinely cared about him and how he was doing with his mom’s passing. He found an owner who was already a friend, but became a rock and mentor when he needed him. Mostly he found a life’s calling.
Fast forward to an experience with CrossFit in Barcelona during a time of feeling exceptional homesickness, and in Tampa, Florida when Joe needed a community to make life in a new city more fun, and CrossFit has played a pivotal role in some of the most difficult times in his life – and he knew he wanted to open his own box to provide this same service to others.
Each year the Summit Strength community gathers and completes the Hero WOD, “Julie”, which was designed by Jason Kivett, Summit’s Head Coach and co-owner. It is a tough workout consisting of an 800m Run with a 25 pound plate, followed by Four Rounds of 13 Push Jerks (135/95), 14 Wall Ball Sit Ups (20/14 to 5’/4′) and a 200m Farmer’s Carry (53/35). The workout then ends with one more 800m Run with the same plate.
Local businesses have gotten in on the event, as well, and a special shoutout goes to Herculean Meal Prep, the premier meal preparation service in Indianapolis for supplying delicious food for all the athletes. Bites by Confectioneiress, a local coffee and dessert shop just down the road from Summit in Zionsville, Indiana, also provided desserts to be enjoyed after the workout. It is a true day of community coming together, supporting a great cause by donating to the fight against colon cancer, and remembering the wonderful woman who affected so many people positively in her life, and inspired this CrossFit box in her passing.