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“Mack Robinson”


Iron Roots Athlete Memorial WOD

1.2K 66
  • 6 Rounds for Time
  • 10 Burpee Broad Jumps
  • 200 meter Run
  • Rest 1 minute

With a running clock, as fast as possible complete the prescribed work in the order written for 6 round. Record the time it takes to complete each round.

Score is the time it takes to complete each round.

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Background: This memorial workout is dedicated to Mack Robinson who passed away on March 12, 2000.

Born on July 18, 1914, Mack won Silver in the 200m in Berlin, breaking the Olympic record, but just behind Jesse Owens. He was a student of Pasadena Junior College and managing a heart problem when he qualified for the Summer Olympics. He set several sprint and broad jump records at the school; his long jump record was later broken by his younger brother Jackie.

When he returned as an Olympic medalist, the only work he could find was as a street sweeper and even then local residents would complain about him dawning his Olympic jacket on cold nights. While his achievements may often be overshadowed, Mack was an amazing athlete and activist in his own right through his youth advocacy in schools and against street crime in Pasadena.

This workout was designed by Iron Roots Athlete @iron.roots.athlete as part of their celebration for the Black History Month in February. Their mission for this celebration is to educate people on lesser-known athletes who have helped to shape and influence American Sports.

They encourage you to do continued research and follow up with their action items through donation, volunteering, and most importantly being active in your allyship.

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