From Gabe:
To start, I would like to just say thank you Tony, to you and Julie for all the help you gave me, when I started Engage and after I was open. It was really a huge help. Thank you, not only for the support you gave me but also taking time to teach me the in’s and out’s of it and also for the Oly coaching and coaching techniques.
I have learned a great deal about coaching and business from you and the CFW staff. I’ve been very fortunate to have your support.      It’s no wonder why CFW enjoys the success it does. Tony, it starts with you and trickles down through your staff and creates an atmosphere that others want to be a part of.
Your generosity as an affiliate owner is what I try to embrace and continue to practice now that I have relocated Engage to TX.  Since we’ve know each other you have been a great friend and mentor; thank you for all you have done.

In the Military we have many goodbyes…  you get used to them.  You or they leave, deploy, transfer… whatever the case, but you are friends for life.  You may not see them for 10 years (we’ve a saying, “All roads lead to Fr. Bragg”), but you’re as good of friends as the day you last saw each other.
Last week we said good bye to Gabriel Kurcyn, Corpsman, Wounded Warrior, and owner of CrossFit Engage.  Because life circumstances Gabe decided to relocate CrossFit Engage to Texas, his home and his family’s home.  We enjoyed our time training with Gabe and participating in the growth of CrossFit Engage.  It was a pleasure to help get another reputable affiliate started in Wilmington.  And CrossFit Engage introduced us to Tracy and Keith of Port City CrossFit and ultimately brought all the CrossFit Affiliates together at Tower CrossFit’s pool WOD and Port City’s grand opening.
While we’re sad to see Gabe and CF Engage move, we are happy things are working in their favor in the big state of Texas.
From all of CFW… Godspeed to ya Bro.
Until that day,


Today is the day!  20 CFW members are in Durham for the 2nd Annual Carolina CrossFit Challenge.  We go there for fun, cameraderie, and competition.  We’re going to have a blast and show the Carolina Affiliates what CrossFitters in Wilmington are all about.  We’ll keep you posted on the todays events on the comments and Facebook.

Our latest favorite quotes:
“Hitting people over the head isn’t leadership – it’s assault.” ~Dwight Eisenhower

“There’s only 2 ways to change the way a guy feels about you… you can set him on fire or slap the shit out of him.” – Marc Luttrell

It is only one who is thoroughly acquainted with the evils of war that can thoroughly understand the way of carrying it on.
-Sun Tzu, the Art of War

CFW Lead Instructor and Badass - One Arm Handstand. Abby is in Durham today to compete for the top spot at the CF NC Challenge today.

CrossFit WOD
5 Rounds for time…
12 Air Squats
6 Pull Ups

9 thoughts on “Farewell and the Carolina Fitness Challenge

  1. sara! says:

    Hey y’all! I’m sorry I can’t be with you in Durham today; my engineer is getting married, and he needs all the support he can get, HA!

    But seriously, I’m very proud of everyone and I look forward to hearing ALL of the stories when I’m in the gym on Tuesday, and for weeks to come. I know all of y’all are going to remind everyone why CFW is a ranked affiliate, a force to be reckoned with, and one hell of a family. Good luck.

    Remember, the only easy day…was sure as hell not in t.’s box.

  2. Meagan says:

    I am so bummed I am missing CFW kicking butt today! I know you are all doing great! I can’t wait to hear about all of the fun!

    Gabe, thank you for pushing me during our Cert. Best of luck in Texas. You will do great.

  3. DC says:

    haha Joe.. get on FACEBOOK.. I heard 99% of CFW moved on to the next rd.. only 1 girl didn’t and think 3 guys didn’t..

  4. DC says:

    This is what I’m getting from FB…
    The energy here is amazing.. People are hurt and still pushing on.. People are exhausted and can’t do muscle ups but are just not giving.. Jana even fell backwards on chest 2 bar pull ups and managed to get up smile and keep going. Wod 3 is wrapped up and announcement will be posted soon, So Far CFW is hanging strong..Only a few didn’t move on ealier..
    Finals wod is secret..competitors are secluded- First the women then the men… This is Serious.. Big props to CFW Women..Abby,Melissa,Dawn, and the Men..Thomas, John Z, Sweaty, Zach,Ben,Caleb, Dave the all move on to the Finals..

  5. DC says:

    Tanner was also among the finals.. and can someone tell me who pissed on Thomas boots or is he that upset he wasn’t in the calendar?? haha Way to switch gears bro.. super proud of all those who did the Challenge.. Its a great and amazing way to test your gut and your heart and skill.. My hat is off to all of you..

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