Athlete of the Month

August 2022

Kristin Kerrs success story

Kristin Kerr

I’m Kristin Kerr and I’m married to Tom Kerr.  We have three daughters, 23, 20, and 17 years old.  We have a fluffy daughter too, Poppy our 4-year-old Shih Tzu.  I was an Elementary School Teacher in St. Louis before we moved here in 2013.  Almost...

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July 2022

Tracey Rileys success story

Tracey Riley

I am a true Montanan, born and raised.  I went to Helena High School, class of 2001.  I earned my BA in Psychology from Carroll College, a graduate certificate in Addiction Counseling from Montana State University, and a Masters Degree in Finance from O...

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June 2022

Ashley P.s success story

Ashley P.

I grew up here in Helena Montana. I played all kinds of sports growing up and then in high school played soccer. I joined the military at 17 and went to basic between my junior and senior year. I have spent almost 20 years in the military now, 8 of which ...

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May 2022

Tricia Rickss success story

Tricia Ricks

I was born and raised a “Yooper” on the southern shore of Michigan’s upper peninsula.  I grew up with two older brothers and enjoyed spending time outside as well as playing basketball and softball.  After meeting my husband at Michigan Tech Unive...

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April 2022

Brendan Rileys success story

Brendan Riley

Growing up, my family moved around quite a bit. I was born in Casper, WY then lived in Texas, California and Washington. I attended college in Central Washington and served in the US Air Force Reserves based out of McChord Air Force Base, WA which had me ...

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March 2022

Jenny Janitells success story

Jenny Janitell

Those who know me, know I have a love for all creatures great and small. I am a veterinarian and practice small animal medicine/surgery at Alpine Animal Clinic. I have a farm background and was raised on a wheat grain operation in Eastern Montana, with ...

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February 2022

Trevor Watsons success story

Trevor Watson

I’m an ’84 model from Miles City, MT. I am the youngest of four. I spent my childhood split between running around Miles City barefoot fishing the Yellowstone River and spending countless summers in Red Lodge driving draft horses and following my gran...

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January 2022

Pat Foxs success story

Pat Fox

I have lived with my family in Helena since 2005. Most importantly, I am husband to my wonderful wife Holly and dad to three wonderful kids, Charles (17), James (15), and Maren (13) . Parenting, of course, takes a lot of time, but is well worth it. I prac...

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December 2021

Anna Peabodys success story

Anna Peabody

I grew up in Maine where I spent most of my time playing outside. I moved to Colorado after high school where I attended school and worked for a lot of years as a whitewater rafting and rock-climbing guide in the summer and a snowboarding instructor in th...

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November 2021

Emma Espositos success story

Emma Esposito

I am a Helena native, the youngest of three sisters, and love doing all the normal Helena things such as hiking, being outside, etc. I am a biology nerd and went to Carroll College for a degree in biology, and went on to do research and receive a Master...

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October 2021

Debbie Hansens success story

Debbie Hansen

Hi!  My name is Debbie Hansen.  I have been married to my soulmate for 37 years!  We were blessed with one son, Heath, and a wonderful daughter-in-law, Shawni!  This year we also became Grammy and Papa to a beautiful baby girl named Emory Lynn!  Both...

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September 2021

Amy Strainers success story

Amy Strainer

I am coming up on 40 years old, and have lived in Helena almost my entire life.  I grew up being the least athletic person and was always the last to be picked for anything sports related.  I was skinny, and in the 80’s and 90’s skinny was all you n...

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August 2021

Kari Leonards success story

Kari Leonard

I’m originally from Minnesota but have lived in Montana over 25 years.  I’m married and have two daughters and a son, ages 26, 12 and 23.  I work as a financial analyst at the Montana CSI, which is not the cool CSI on TV, as my younger daughter was ...

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July 2021

Jess Osterlohs success story

Jess Osterloh

I was a gymnast, that is why I don’t wear shoes. Quick Facts: Age: 27 Favorite Lift: Push Jerk Favorite Workout: Most recently Holleyman in Hero Month Favorite Cross Fit mantra: “You can do anything X times!” Cat’s Name: Murph…...

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June 2021

Chad Carmans success story

Chad Carman

Born and raised in Oklahoma, I played high school and college baseball before a 3-year stint with the Philadelphia Phillies organization after being drafted in the 24th round of the 2012 MLB draft. After retiring in 2014, I worked as a baseball agent whil...

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May 2021

Ryan Domiers success story

Ryan Domier

I have always had an active background from the time I was a kid. It all stated with the typical sports as a child (baseball, etc), none of which I particularly excelled at. I spent plenty of time fishing as well. Through the later part of high school I p...

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April 2021

Bret Lians success story

Bret Lian

I live in Jefferson City, only  10 miles or so from the house I grew up in in Clancy, Montana, and I work for the DNRC as a GIS Analyst. I am married to my wife, Lisa, and we have 3 kids who are  3, 7, and 11 years old. I stay pretty busy as a volunteer...

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March 2021

Kallie Boschmas success story

Kallie Boschma

I’m a mama to one (hopefully more soon!) , wife to a crazy hunter/manly man and I sling skincare on the side. I’ve done a lot of things. Nutritionist, rock climbing instructor, but most recently I was a teacher. After having Dillon I decided to stay h...

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February 2021

Fred Geissers success story

Fred Geisser

I have lived most of my life in Townsend, Mt and have been married to Kristi for 41 years. We have 6 sons and 1 daughter and 12 grandchildren to date. I have spent most of my work career at American Chemet in East Helena. I enjoyed playing sports in ...

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January 2021

Katie Gatess success story

Katie Gates

I grew up in Philipsburg, MT and attended college at Montana Tech.  I’m a Registered Nurse in the Urology Department at St. Peter’s.  My husband, Dave, and I have 2 kids, Hayden (16) and Maryn (5).  We have lived in Helena for almost 8 years now. ...

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December 2020

Chris Puyears success story

Chris Puyear

I'm blessed to live in Helena with my badass wife (who deserves this way more than me!) and my adorable, tiny australian shepherd Perse. I was raised here attending Helena High, and later, Carroll College as a Business Administration Major. Politics was a...

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November 2020

Kelly Silers success story

Kelly Siler

I grew up on a small farm in central North Carolina, the oldest of three boys.  Each day started with chores…feeding cows, horses and chickens.  We spent our summers planting fence posts, stringing barbed wire, hauling hay, etc. Fall and winter were m...

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October 2020

Sadie Breinings success story

Sadie Breining

I am an 18 year old that attends Helena High School. I am in the Montana Army National Guard and am involved in many different clubs at school. I will be graduating high school a semester early so that I may further prepare myself for my Army career. ...

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September 2020

Kayla Novaks success story

Kayla Novak

I was born and raised in Helena.  After high school, I moved around a bit trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life.  Eventually I ended up back home.  I’m currently a Budget Analyst for the State Information Technology Service Division u...

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August 2020

Angie Robertsons success story

Angie Robertson

During quarantine this year, I invested hours of my time watching ALL the Marvel movies for the first time and I really wish I had a great origin story to share… but I started my life in Great Falls, so there’s that.  I delivered newspapers at 4:30 e...

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July 2020

Justin Wares success story

Justin Ware

When I was younger I played pretty much every sport and played trumpet in the UW symphony.  Went to college and the most athletic thing I did for four years was 12oz curls i.e., drink beer.  I graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from WSU w...

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June 2020

Nick Fishs success story

Nick Fish

I was born in Austin, TX, grew up in Wyoming, and moved to Bozeman after high school for the mountains and the skiing. I relocated to Helena a few years ago for a girl and married her soon after.  My wife and I have two kids together: a two-year old boy ...

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May 2020

Noah Eshlemans success story

Noah Eshleman

I was born in Dallas and raised in Irving, Texas. After high school I attend the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota from 2008-2016. There I majored in Athletic Training/Exercise Science, and played football for three years. After undergrad I spe...

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April 2020

Kelli Carmans success story

Kelli Carman

I was born and raised in Butte, MT. I lived in Helena from 2008-2010 when I attended Carroll College, Missoula from 2010-2017 when I got my bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of Montana, and Seattle, WA from 2017-2018 where I attende...

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March 2020

Paul Reynoldss success story

Paul Reynolds

I grew up in Billings, MT playing any sport I could find time for. In high school I focused on football (offensive and defensive line) and track (surprisingly I was a 400m runner) played a short stint in College.  I attended Carroll College graduating in...

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February 2020

Alexis O'Learys success story

Alexis O'Leary

I was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania but moved to Butte in elementary school where I went to Butte Central. I was involved in a lot of activities and sports growing up from 4-H, to horse showing, to track and cross country. I even attempted cheerleading ...

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January 2020

Amanda Reynoldss success story

Amanda Reynolds

I have been married to my best friend, Paul, for over 17 years. I have two amazing kids, Rylee ( a Junior) and Kolter (7th grade). I currently work as an administrative assistant for the Department of Corrections. Everyday is something different at work a...

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December 2019

Emily Daviss success story

Emily Davis

Growing up I was always active and playing sports. I did swimming, water polo, soccer, basketball, tennis, and volleyball. When I got into high school I cut back to swimming and water polo, and even played on a USA water polo team. For college I went to U...

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November 2019

Payton Netzs success story

Payton Netz

I’m a 22 year old student at Carroll College, about to graduate in two weeks actually! I was born and raised in Great Falls, and moved to Helena five years ago to go to school and to play college soccer. I’ve played soccer my entire life, and up until...

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October 2019

Heather Snyders success story

Heather Snyder

I am full-time working a mother of two awesome little girls, Jane (8) and Josie (6) and I have been married for 10 years to another goofy noon Crossfitter you may know, RJ. I work remotely as the Director of Instructional Design from my home office for a ...

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September 2019

Judy S.s success story

Judy S.

In February of 2016 I got some pretty scary news with regards to health.  I asked my husband, “Is this it?  Have I reached a point in my life that I just need to accept this and grow old gracefully?” A few days later, he said we should do CrossFi...

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August 2019

Ericka Alm-Thalmanns success story

Ericka Alm-Thalmann

I am 42 and I grew up in Helena. I work at Mountain-Pacific Quality Health in the Analytics Department as a Data Reporting Specialist. I assist hospital staff with reporting their Inpatient and Outpatient clinical data to the Centers for Medicare & Me...

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July 2019

Erica Mercills success story

Erica Mercill

I am originally from Helena, MT. I went to school at the University of MT and obtained a degree in Spanish and in International Business. I also attended Whitworth for Graduate school and have a Master’s in International Management. I work as a Sales Ex...

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June 2019

Kyle Daviss success story

Kyle Davis

I was born in Oklahoma and spent 12 years of my life in the Fort Worth area of Texas before moving up to Montana during middle school. I played High School Football, Wrestling, and Golf while attending Frenchtown HS. From there I went to Montana State Uni...

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May 2019

Ryan Larsons success story

Ryan Larson

My name is Ryan Larson I am 40 years old. I grew up on a farm in Big Sandy, MT. I went to U of M for a couple of years it ended up not working out. I then joined the Marine corps infantry from 04-08. I went back to U of M and got a degree in Respiratory t...

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April 2019

Dave Gatess success story

Dave Gates

I’m 37, grew up in Anaconda, MT and graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman with a degree in civil engineering. I work for a consulting engineering firm and specialize in highway and street related infrastructure design work. My wife Katie an...

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March 2019

Kevin O'Learys success story

Kevin O'Leary

I grew up in Butte, MT and went to Butte Central; played basketball, golfed, and ran track (high jump and 800m).  Went to Gonzaga for college and graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree.  I lived in WA for 5 years, during which time I married my ...

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February 2019

Casey Pearsons success story

Casey Pearson

I have always been one of those people that loves being a part of a team, I seek out things that make me feel like I’m part of something bigger, somewhere to belong, and that’s what CrossFit is to me. I’ve always been the most average athlete yo...

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January 2019

Missy Sampsons success story

Missy Sampson

I LOVE CrossFit!  I love our box, our coaches, new friends, and (in a sick sort of way) getting my butt kicked every day and wanting to come back the next! Before starting CrossFit, I had thought I was some sort of “fit.” I was not.  I have alway...

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December 2018

RJ Snyders success story

RJ Snyder

I was born in Billings, graduated from Carroll, and work at MDT. My 20’s was a blur of outdoor excursions, O’Tooles, traveling, and partying. I married my best friend Heather in 2009. My daughter Jane was born in 2011 and her sister Josie arrived 2...

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November 2018

Darlene Rushings success story

Darlene Rushing

Hi, my name is Darlene Rushing… and I’m a 1 year Cross Fitter.  I was born in New Jersey, and have lived in Montana for 15 years. I am the Operations Coordinator for Iron Mountain Inc.   Iron Mountain is a global business dedicated to storing, p...

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October 2018

Jamie Jespersens success story

Jamie Jespersen

I was born and raised in Montana and met my husband (Adam) while attending Carroll College.  We just never left Helena after that.  We now have two young girls, I work as an engineer and love to serve my church. After months of discussion with one of...

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September 2018

Quinn Holzers success story

Quinn Holzer

Married with 2 kids (wife Dana, son Kellton (11) and daughter Astoria (9) Quinn grew up in Montana, and has spent most of his life here, with the exception of 3 years in Bolivia volunteering, doing community development work. Living abroad with family w...

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August 2018

Barry O'Learys success story

Barry O'Leary

Barry is married with kids and grandkids and works for NorthWestern Energy as their Director of Safety. Last summer, he was diagnosed with a restrictive lung disease (scarring on his lungs). The cause is thought organic in nature, although they have ne...

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July 2018

Peggy Rolfes success story

Peggy Rolfe

Peggy is a paralegal by day, and a wife, mother of 2 and a grandmother of 6 by night. Her daughter asked her in October of 2015 if she wanted to do CrossFit and without hesitation she said "sure" and hasn't stopped since. She recently had a check up with ...

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June 2018

Tim Hansens success story

Tim Hansen

Tim is a former Marine and currently works for state of Montana at Child and Family Services. He was introducted to CrossFit by a friend and has been hooked ever since. He enjoy's the variety, physicality and direct coaching aspect of CrossFit. The comrad...

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