Fourth annual WOD for Water event bigger than ever

Published 2:00 am Thursday, November 19, 2015

For the fourth year in a row, WOD for Water has surpassed its goal before the event has even taken place. This year’s goal was $75,000 and, according to Jason Jones with WOD for Water Troy, organizers already have received just under $80,000 in donations.

“With this being our fourth year, it is also the fourth year we’ve surpassed our goal,” Jones said. “Clearly we underestimate the people of Pike County. They understand that this is a life-changing event. It’s not just putting a Band-Aid on a problem.”

WOD for Water is a competitive workout that combines a Crossfit workout with a fundraiser to benefit Neverthirst, an international nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to bringing clean and living water to the poor, as their website states. The event takes place at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Troy Recreation Center.

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Jones said that WOD for Water has grown each year and is continuing to grow, with three times the number of participants as last year.

This year, Crossfit Illium is sponsoring the event, and they are trying to “take it to the next level,” Jones said.

“It’s going to be a great competitive event,” Jones said. “We are making it a true competition.”

WOD (workout of the day) for Water will consist of various workouts. WOD for Water is not just for those in top shape or just for those who are currently active in Crossfit. Anyone and everyone can participate, as both a walking portion of the WOD and a beginner’s workout will be available.

Jones said the beginner workout is an introductory Crossfit workout that lasts for 20 minutes.

“The beginner workout uses the jerry cans,” Jones said. “The jerry cans symbolize what the kids in Cambodia go through when they have to fetch water.”

While the competitive WOD is already closed, anyone can come on the day of the event to register and participate in the walk or the beginner workouts. The walk is $20 and the beginner workout is $40.

“Every penny goes to Neverthirst,” Jones said. “So overtime someone donates, it’s giving those people water, but most importantly they are going to hear the Gospel for the first time.”

Jones said that anyone who is willing to donate can donate at the event, by bringing the donation to Jones Medical Supply or Crossfit Illium or by donating at More information about the event can be found on the site, as well.