In July of this year, Andrew Arizmendi came to CrossFit Santa Barbara with a mission. He was looking to start CrossFit, with the ultimate goal of competing in a CrossFit competition, in honor of his wife Elizabeth “Liz” Rusnak Arizmendi. Liz passed away from ovarian cancer on March 17, 2022. Andrew expressed that his wife had been an amazing athlete and he wanted to combine her passion for athletics with a fundraising opportunity in her memory.

The “Battle Cancer” competition in Los Angeles on December 3rd seemed like the perfect fit. Not only could we compete as a team, but we could also fundraise for Cancer Support Community, a cause that was very close to Liz’s heart.

When the “Battle Cancer” competition was postponed indefinitely this fall - we at CFSB knew that we wanted to still go forward with a competition to honor Liz and also Andrew’s commitment to his mission.

We are excited to announce that on December 3rd, we are hosting Liz Rusnak Arizmendi’s Crush Cancer Competition at CrossFit Santa Barbara. The competition will feature teams of 4 - and the workouts will accommodate any skill level (though experience with CrossFit is still recommended!). Workouts will be announced shortly!

Team registration is $300 total, teams of 4, mixed skill level and mixed gender identity encouraged. 100% of proceeds will be donated to Cancer Support Community. CSC is an organization built to provide psychosocial support to anyone touched by cancer - so that no one faces cancer alone.

To sign up for the competition - please have your Team Captain register HERE. Please ensure that your team captain has all of your team names, email, competition level (higher / lower RX / scaled), as well as your Tshirt or tank top preference and size.

Competition level:

Higher RX: comfortable with pull ups, toes to bar, 50# DBs

Lower RX: comfortable with pull ups, toes to bar, 35# DBs

Higher Scaled: comfortable with at least 1 rep of jumping pull ups, hanging knee raises, 30# DB

Lower Scaled: comfortable with at least 1 rep of jumping pull ups, hanging knee raises, 20# DB

If you would prefer to come and cheer, rather than participate in the competition, or if you’d like to make a donation to CSC, please donate HERE.

Any questions? Please contact