After nearly four hours and an exhausting 5,200 air squats, Kris Winther broke a world-record for a good cause.
The Sooke resident performed the feat of strength outside Delta Ocean Pointe, as part of a campaign to raise money for the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Winther, an 11-year veteran, was raising money as part of the “Vets for a Cure” fundraiser. Kris hopes to raise $15,000 in support of the charity.
Motivated by aspects of his life
His inspiration for participating in the fundraiser started at home. “One day I just looked over at my daughter and didn’t know what I would do if something happened to her, so I decided to try to help out BC Children’s Hospital,” he said
“The military does stuff like this all the time where they will sacrifice their bodies to raise awareness. I thought that I would apply the same concept to the civilian world and see what happens.”
Kris wanted this task to be especially challenging and explained, “In the military world, squats are one of the exercises a lot of members hate doing the most, cause they just suck. I knew that if I was going to gain peoples attention that I would have to do essentially the shittiest workout… The one that people just dread doing.”
Perseverance leads to triumph
Despite his muscles seizing up on the day of the event and almost causing him to black out while doing the squats, he emerged victorious, beating the previous record of 5,135 squats.
Kris debated having a judge from the Guinness World Records witness the event. However, this would have cost nearly ten thousand dollars, and he decided against it in favour of putting all his money towards the BC Children’s Hospital fundraiser.
His goal for the future is to have this event up and running every year. He hopes to spread it out to different provinces, so military veterans across the country can raise money for their respective Children’s Hospitals.
If you would like to donate to the “Vets for a Cure” campaign, click here.