The Viking Challenge

Viking challenge

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The Viking Challenge is a strength challenge for all ages.  The whole purpose of this challenge is to honor our Veterans by raising money for the American Legion.


I am doing this because of my dad Jeff Cox, for one of my best friends Cary Wieland, for my father-in-law Bill Mcloud, for my best friend’s dad Gary Lemberg, and for all the other men and women that have served.  Most people have a friend or family member that has served for our great nation!  Now it’s our turn to honor these brave men and women and return the favor!

My dad was an army veteran who served with the Yorkville American Legion Post #489 for 30 years.   While at the legion, he held many positions where his main goal was to help others.  He was the chairman of the Gifts to the Yanks program, which is a program that gives gifts to veterans that are hospitalized.  He would drive all over the state of Illinois, making sure that every veteran received a gift and was not forgotten at Christmas.

Work Hard and Help Others was my Dad’s mission and I am doing this challenge to continue his hard work of helping others!  Like my dad and so many others that served our great nation, they paid the ultimate sacrifice!  This is our chance to help support those who willingly choose to serve and protect others!


The challenge consists of 7 events which are:


Farmers carry down, 10 push-ups, sprint down and back


Tire flip, jump thru


Sled pull, sled push


Kettlebell snatch 10 reps each side, sprint down and back


Log squat 5 reps, log carry or yoke carry down and back


Dumbbell or Kettlebell clean and press 5 reps each side, sprint down and back


Stone carry down, sprint down and back


The goal of each event is to see how many rounds you can do in 6 minutes. There will be a 4-minute rest in between each event.

You choose the amount of weight that you want to use for each event.

Kids Course:

For kids 12 and under they will only run thru each event one time.  Using Ragnar as an example they would do a farmer’s carry, push-ups, and then sprint down and back.  They would then move on to the next event.  They are not doing multiple rounds for time.

Event Schedule:

8:30 am Kids Course

9:00 am Opening Ceremony

9:20 am 1st Heat 


Compete in person or online!

Compete In-Person at:

CrossFit Mokena

8421 W 191st St, Mokena, IL 60448

Online Course:

Can’t make it to compete in person then you can compete online.  You do the exact same events listed above with whatever you have.  You can use stones, lumber, pets, kids, a backpack full of books, or whatever you have lying around the house to lift you can use.  Just because you can’t make it in person doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun!  We can help you decide what to use for the events and make sure you know what to do.  


The registration Fee is $50 for 13 and older and $25 for 12 and younger.

All participants will receive a custom patch, beverage, and treat!

We also have Viking Challenge t-shirts you can purchase for $25.

All proceeds go to the American Legion minus the expenses we incur for operating the event.

Registration is Closed


Email us at:  vikingstrengthchallenge@gmail.com