Monday, November 11, 2019


Retired U.S. Army Specialist Justin Mooers, was a Swampscott native and graduate of Swampscott High School in 1999. He was a member of the Varsity football, basketball, and baseball teams. He joined the Army in 2002 but he was severely injured on April 16, 2003 in Germany when he was struck by a live wire after climbing on top of a train to check something, on their way to Iraq. Justin, died three times on the flight back to the United States, and his injuries were extensive as he lost his leg and was burned over 65% of his body. In the 13 months after the accident, he underwent 22 surgeries. He battled both physically and mentally over the next 5 years….this man was a true warrior with an unbreakable spirit. In June 2008, he died of a heart attack at his home with his daughter sleeping on his chest. He left behind his wife Jessica, their 20-month old daughter Bailey, and their second daughter Quinn who would be born in October that year. Justin’s parents, Karen and Michael Barbuzzi, and lifelong Swampscott residents, live at the top of Burpee Road less than a mile from The Swamp. Donations can be made to The Justin Mooers Scholarship Fund, c/o The Barbuzzi Family, 116 Windsor Ave., Swampscott MA 01907. If you have the means to do so, please consider donating to this fund as we start the annual Veteran’s Day process of honoring this truly special local hero that should never be forgotten. Our Governor Charlie Baker wrote an incredible article about Justin on Veteran’s Day in 2009. If you have not already read it, please take five minutes to read it HERE.

Teams of 3
3 Rounds:
Round 1) Partner A = 2008m Row
- Max TTB
Round 2) Partner B = 2008m Row
- Max KBS (53,35)
Round 3) Partner C = 2008m Row
- Max Burpee Box Jump Overs (20”)

** One athlete will be rowing while one athlete performs the plate hold and one athlete performs the max reps. Athletes performing the plate hold and max reps may switch at any point but each athlete will complete the 2008m row in full.