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Throwdown a real draw for athletes

As many as 210 athletes from all over Canada and the U.S. are expected to compete in the Okanagan Valley Throwdown to be held Saturday, Feb. 8 at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The CrossFit competition combines Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics and high intensity interval training along with many other sport specific movements and challenges.

"With the Okanagan being such a health and fitness hotbed, we knew this would be a great event," said Brent Hayter, owner of CrossFit South Okanagan, who is coordinating the event with Hoodoo Adventures. "This event is a celebration of community, health, sport and excellence all rolled into one. Both athletes and spectators won't be disappointed."

While the event is sold out to athletes, tickets are still on sale for spectators.

"We had no doubt this event would sell out to athletes," said Lyndie Hill of Hoodoo Adventures. "Now we just want to make sure that the community and its visitors know that this is taking place right here in Penticton and that they can bring the family down and check out the action."

The South Okanagan Children's Charity was selected to receive a portion of the ticket proceeds from the Throwdown.

The organization provides travel assistance grants to South Okanagan families with children that require medical services at Vancouver Children's Hospital.

Tickets are on sale now at the Valley First Ticket Box at the SOEC and will be available at the door the day of the event. For more information go to



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