Saturday was truly amazing to us. We took a moment after all the heats had finished to just take everything in and look around. It gave us goosebumps to see so many incredible people, from all walks of life, celebrating the culmination of five weeks of hard work.
For some, this was your very first time doing the Open (and hopefully not the last). For others, it might have been your fourth, fifth or even sixth time. At the end of these five weeks, it’s really not the scores and times we care about. It’s the pure grit, determination, and character you have all shown that makes us so proud.
In a world filled increasingly with chaos, we escaped all that for a few hours every Saturday for the past five weeks. We saw really busy people, folks with jobs, families, and commitments, take the time to put fitness and community first. These workouts were hard, and every single one of you pushed to give everything you have, and then some. And when everyone finished, you managed to pick yourself off the floor to find someone else still working and support and cheer them to finish.
The camaraderie witnessed within these gym walls is what really makes this place so damn special. Every single person really and truly CARES…they care about their own health and fitness, but also about everyone else’s as well. I’m sure most of you had plenty of other pressing things to get done on a Saturday, but instead you chose to hang out at 203…work out and cheer other people while they exercised for time!
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being here. Thank you for caring. What a special five weeks this has been.