Gastonia police to host Burpee-Thon for Special Olympics

The Gastonia Police Department will host its second annual Burpee-Thon in July to benefit Special Olympics.

The event will be held June 6 at No Quit Crossfit, 608 E. Second Ave., in Gastonia, police said Monday.

Burpees are strength-training, full-body exercises in which people jump, squat, plank, push-up and repeat.

The Burpee-Thon is in conjunction with fundraising and awareness efforts for Special Olympics North Carolina, including the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run, police said.

Officers and some local Special Olympics athletes participate in the run, carrying the Flame of Hope. The run culminates with the lighting of the cauldron to signify the official opening of the SONC Summer Games May 29-31 in Raleigh and Cary, police said.

The torch run through Gastonia and Gaston County is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on May 8 at Archie Whitesides Road and West Franklin Boulevard, police said.

The local run travels through Gaston County on U.S. 74 across the Catawba River Bridge to Mecklenburg County, police said.

The public is invited to participate in the Burpee-Thon, police said.

Last year participants did as many burpees as possible in 20 minutes. This year, the workout will be Death by Burpees, in which contestants do as many burpees as possible with no 20-minute time limit.

The registration donation for the Burpee-Thon is $25, which will include a Torch Run T-shirt for those who register by May 22.

To register, send an email to burr_emily@cityofgastonia.com or call 704-866-6702. You will need to provide your shirt size and choice of shirt type (cotton or moisture-wicking).

Checks should be made payable to SONC.

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