Donor Games Athlete Profile:
Roni Hays

About Roni Hays

Roni grew up cheering. She cheered competitively and did football cheer in middle school and high school. In college, where she was a strength and conditioning minor, she started working out on her own. One of her friends introduced her to CrossFit in 2018 and she’s never looked back. Her first Donor Games competition was the Mini Murph in 2021 and she has been consistently at the top of the leaderboard ever since. It’s become a special community that she loves to be a part of.

Donor Story: Roni donated her kidney to her mom in May 2019, after her mom was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that led to kidney failure. Roni was a match, and donated at age 22, within a month of being approved.

Personal: Originally from Franklin, Tennessee, where her family still lives, Roni moved to Brandon, Mississippi after graduating from physical therapy school. Now, she works as a physical therapist in a nursing home in rural Brandon, and loves it.

Donor Games Competitions: Roni Hays

Heavy Murph2024Open1st572 reps*
Championship Overall2023Championship 2nd98 points
Burn & Bench2023Championship 2nd140 pounds
Grace2023Championship 2nd2:57
Sprint Murph2023Championship 1st22:14*
Bonnyman2023Open3rdbench press max 135 pounds, 3-rep max deadlift 283 pounds
Championship Overall2022Championship 2nd96 points
Grace2022Championship 2nd2:46
3-Rep Trap Bar Deadlift2022Championship 4th315 pounds
Murph2022Championship 1st45:56*
Mitch2022Open2st (tie)21 reps
Super Murph2022Open1st18:58*
3-Rep Trap Bar Deadlift2022Open5th290 pounds
Championship Overall2021Championship2nd96 points
3-Rep Trap Bar Deadlift2021Championship4th310 pounds
3-Rep Trap Bar Deadlift2021Open4th240 pounds
Mini Murph2021Open1st22:37*
*Donor Games record

Founding Sponsors

  • National Kidney Foundation
  • National Kidney Registry
  • National Kidney Donation Organization