Some people drink beer and eat cake on their birthday, but Lake Highlands resident Patrick Kercheville handled his a bit differently, celebrating the big 45 with a 45,000 meter row (that’s about 28 miles!) on a rowing machine at CrossFit Lake Highlands to raise money for the North Texas Food Bank and the Vickery Meadow Food Pantry.  It took him four hours during which time hos son Joel and CrossFit members and cheered him on. Friends, family and strangers stopped by with donations.

“I’m really grateful for all of the support for the 45 on 45 and, more importantly, the donations to impact an important issue,” said Kercheville.  “The end result of a grueling training schedule culminating in this event hopefully makes it a little bit easier day for someone who doesn’t have to go hungry.”

“I’m not sure that people realize what kind of feat it was for Patrick to row 45,000 meters – it’s pretty amazing,” commented coach Mark Barnett of CrossFit Lake Highlands.  “We’re reminded of what a great community we live in – we’re proud of everyone who took the time and resources to contribute to such a great cause.  We hope to have Patrick back next year for 46 on 46.”