To raise money and awareness through social and athletic events to support the families of Extortion 17 and honor their legacy by funding the treatment of TBI/PTSD.

Events on August 3, 2019

2019_wod_logo_trans1-no-borders Virginia Beach VA and Worldwide

The 31Heroes 9th Annual WOD will take place simultaneously across the globe, in your local gym or a location of your choosing.

For those in the Hampton Roads area we will be hosting our Main WOD at New Realm Brewing in Virginia Beach!

31-miles2Washington, D.C. and Worldwide

31Miles for 31Heroes is a 31 mile ruck through the night to honor the lives of the Heroes of Extortion 17.

Fundraise Today

31Heroes WOD: Athletes can sign up to take part in this nationwide WOD event on August 3 or anytime in August., find their local participating box (or register as an individual), and start fundraising today.

31Mile Ruck: Sign up for the Main event in Washington, D.C., or do a Virtual Ruck. Location is anywhere you want it to be. This is for those of you who may not be able to make it to one of the larger rucks but still want to put the miles in wherever you’d like.


Please donate today. Click here to make a donation that will impact the lives of our veteran community.


On August 6, 2011, a tragedy shook the military community and Americans everywhere. In a single instance, America lost 30 military service members, many of whom were members of the Navy SEAL community—and one military K9– when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was downed in Afghanistan.

In the wake of the unimaginable tragedy, a mission was born. Following the downing of Extortion 17, a fundraising WOD—hosted at more than 430 gyms around the country with more than 10,000 participants—raised $300,000 over a four-week period to support the 30 families affected. This prompted the organizers to create 31Heroes to remember our fallen heroes and take care of their loved ones.

Humbled by the massive response and inspired by the impact on the families of these heroes, 31Heroes recognized an opportunity to reach even more families. Soon, new events and WODs were organized with the help of a growing network of passionate volunteers.

Today, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we assist athletes and event organizers around the country with tools and resources to continue the legacy of selflessness and comradery of August 6, 2011.

Through strategic alliances with other organizations we can ensure that all proceeds directly fund programs that support service members and their families, including the Navy SEAL community.

Since our first event in 2011, more than $1.5 million has been given back to our nation’s heroes and their families through grant-making opportunities and partnership programs. In 2015, 31Heroes launched the initiative to support treatment for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Traumatic Brain Injury.

They’ve left behind more than just memories. They’ve given us a legacy to honor. Together, we can ensure the mission to honor the fallen lives on and veterans are not forgotten when they return home.


Established to honor the 31 Americans killed in action on August 6, 2011, 31Heroes serves to impact the lives of our nation’s heroes and their families, while remembering the fallen, through athletic endeavors and competitive fundraising events.