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We are on a mission to help people get fit and compete!

Throwdowns empowers the fitness community with the tools to compete and grow together.

For over four years, Throwdowns has been serving organizers across the globe with simple solutions that make running a competition dead simple. Our primary goal is to give athletes like you the ability to create a powerful and impactful presence in your local fitness community.

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Throwdowns has processed millions of dollars in total payment volume in dozens of currencies. Your transactions are safe and secure with us!

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Throwdowns has helped more than 150,000 athletes log millions of scores and served up more than 10,000,000 leaderboards. You can trust us with your scoring.

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Throwdowns has powered more than 1,200 competitions in more than 50 countries. (Our goal is to eventually power a competition in every single country!)

Our Story

Matthew Russell started regularly training with James Hurlburt in late 2013, shortly after James completed his CrossFit Level-1 Trainer and opened the doors of CrossFit Cool Springs. The following summer, James sponsored a charity competition called “Battle for the Box” to benefit orphans in Haiti and realized late in the planning cycle that he didn’t have a scoring system, so he turned to Matthew for help.

Unsatisfied with the “easy answer” of presenting the community with a spreadsheet as a scoring system, Matthew scratched his itch for a meaningful weekend project by creating a custom scoring app that powered mobile-friendly leaderboards for the competition. It was a hit, and in the months ahead, Matthew responded to the numerous requests he had been receiving to use the scoring system by evolving it into a more robust application that soon became known as Throwdowns.com.

Since powering its first competition in 2014, Throwdowns has evolved into the most powerful competition management platform available.

Our Team

We’re a team of like-minded competitive athletes on a mission to serve the competition community by helping athletes connect, train, and compete.

Matthew Russell

Founder
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Matthew is a technology entrepreneur whose career spans active duty military service, stints in defense contracting, and leadership building complex software products to improve cancer treatment and help law enforcement shut down human trafficking rings. Matthew originally created Throwdowns to help run a charity competition to benefit children in Haiti. Throwdowns has since grown into a global business powering fitness competitions around the world. Matthew is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and is grateful for the opportunity to lead an amazing team that’s on a mission to help athletes connect, train, and compete!

James Hurlburt

Business Development
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James has been a fitness enthusiast all his life. Growing up in rural Alaska, exercise was always a way to fight off cabin fever, and provide entertainment indoors during the -45 degree winters. He was first exposed to the idea of functional training when a CrossFit instructor came to the sports facility at Boise State University, where James played Linebacker as a part of the well-known Tostitos Fiesta Bowl championship team. James went on to aid in developing a fitness apparel brand for 5 years before leaving to start CrossFit Cool Springs. Before joining the team, James ran his CrossFit box for 6 years. He brings a history of business development, combined with industry knowledge gained through CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, and a USAW certification. As someone who has run several competitions, James understands the pain points associated with organizing fitness events and aims to provide the absolute best customer experience possible.

Kate Shumaker

Customer Success
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Kate is a Jill-of-all-trades fitness professional. She brings corporate training, administration, and CrossFit expertise to the table. Kate has served as vendor liaison, corporate trainer, office manager, and logistics coordinator during her career. She left corporate America for a career in fitness after achieving her CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and starting to coach in February 2015; she came onboard with Throwdowns.com shortly thereafter. She has helped with thousands of fitness competitions, both in-person and remote. Kate is an athlete and has more than 1,000 coaching hours. In addition to being a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, she holds certifications in prenatal and postpartum fitness and is pursuing her PN1 nutrition certification. Kate is also cofounder of VETWOD, a yearly online competition whose proceeds go towards ending veteran suicide. Her wide range of experience in competitions – as an athlete, coach, judge, administrator, and scorekeeper – make her a valuable member of the Throwdowns.com team.

Patrick Altman

Engineering
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Patrick brings two decades of building complex software to solve interesting problems. From using data mining techniques to find errors and fraud in healthcare claims data, to founding a software company that provides solutions for converting mainframe data, to running a software agency for close to a decade, Patrick has not only built software, but companies and development teams. As a former Division I athlete, Patrick fully appreciates the power of competition to not only bring a sense of fulfillment but also as a way to drive healthy living.

Bill Day

Marketing
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Bill loves solving customer problems, especially in the fitness space.  He’s provided platform evangelism, social media management, product development, technical writing and copyediting, and API specification development services for Runkeeper (acquired by Asics), Magellan GPS, O’Reilly Media, PayPal, and many others.  Bill started working with Throwdowns as an adviser and has since come on board to head up content marketing and assist with technical product marketing. Bill is also an endurance athlete, specializing in long-distance trail running: He loves the sufferfest of 25k and 50k trail races.  He came to CrossFit a little later than some of his teammates, but is pouring it on with a vengeance now!

Tyler Julian

Product
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Tyler is product manager for the Throwdowns platform, with a background in business and entrepreneurial ventures. He previously worked as a consultant for nonprofits, and has assisted on projects ranging from building wells in Uganda to leading fundraising campaigns. Tyler joined the Throwdowns team right before the official launch of the Throwdowns app, and has been instrumental in building it into a world class competition registration and scoring platform. He is a CrossFit athlete and is currently working towards attaining his CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. He loves the team and the amazing product we’re building together.

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