Fran Workout 2024 Open Recap

Our second-ever Fran Workout event, which took place February 6–12, went down to the wire, with amazing performances by Donor Games veterans and new faces alike, including a photo finish in the women’s donor category and two new Donor Games records.

Thomas Sullivan is proving himself a force to be reckoned with in the Donor Games. In his third-ever Donor Games event, Thomas took the top podium spot in the men’s donor category and set a new record with a blazing fast time of 2:48, besting the previous record by more than 3 minutes. Justin King, the previous record holder for the event, submitted a first video that put him in third place with 7:14. On Monday, Justin submitted a second video of 6:35, leapfrogging Mike Ramsey to land in second place. Mike roared back with a second video of his own, securing second place with a time of 5:52. Justin made a third attempt, improving his time to 6:19 but remaining in third place. Rounding out the top five were Cornelius Bornman in fourth place with a time of 7:05, and newcomer Brandon Cullen, who submitted his first two attempts as modified workouts with a lower thruster weight and then surprised everyone with a standard workout of 8:57 for his third attempt, coming in at fifth place.

It was a fight to the finish in the women’s donor category. Previous record-holder Mimi Mahon was holding on to the top spot with a time of 4:52, but after two previous unsuccessful attempts to capture the lead, Roni Hayes roared to the front with her third attempt, taking the category and setting a new record with a time of 4:37. Donor Games newcomer Emmy Spencer Probasco was DQ’d on her first attempt and took it in stride, coming in with an impressive 5:18 on her second attempt, earning third place in the category. Emily called competing in the Donor Games a “post-op inspiration.” Courtney Cox, who came onto the Donor Games scene strong last year with a win in the 1-Mile Swim, was back with an impressive 6:08 on her first attempt, earning fourth place.

In the transplant recipient category, Wilson Du (6:50) and Merrill Walker (7:00) took the top spots with modified workouts.

In the women’s general category, Francheska Delgado Peraza captured the top spot with a time of 3:33, with Chadae McDonald (4:25) and Abigail Lauters (4:30) neck-and-neck, taking second and third.  

Newcomer Nick Bahr staged a last-minute challenge to take the lead in the general men’s category, submitting a 2:08 workout that edged fellow newcomer Tony Lauters (2:09) out of first place by one second. Zack Simmons took third place with a time of 2:13

Final Leaderboard

Living Donor: Men
Rank Participant Age State Time Video
1 Thomas Sullivan 30 OK 2:48 Watch workout video
2 Mike Ramsey 51 WI 5:52 Watch workout video
3 Justin King 45 AL 6:19 Watch workout video
4 Cornelius Bornman 47 MI 7:05 Watch workout video
5 Brandon Cullen 24 NY 8:57 Watch workout video
6 Steve Holmes+ 52 PA 9:02 Watch workout video
7 Garet Hil+ 61 CT 9:46 Watch workout video
David Ashley 49 WV DQ Watch workout video
Anonymous Donor 44 ME
Jason Elmore 43 TX DQ Watch workout video
Kevin Kilkenny 54 NY DQ Watch workout video
Chris Sullivan 54 CO
Living Donor: Women
Rank Participant Age State Time Video
1 Roni Hays 26 MS 4:37 Watch workout video
2 Mimi Mahon 35 OH 4:52 Watch workout video
3 Emmy Spencer Probasco 43 MD 5:18 Watch workout video
4 Courtney Cox 40 MO 6:08 Watch workout video
T-5 Andrea Alejandro+ 44 TX 9:20 Watch workout video
T-5 Radley West++ 52 SC 8:37 Watch workout video
Anna Cannington 56 MS
Joyce Collier 41 NY DQ Watch workout video
Molly Cropp 43 CO
Victoria Rhodes 43 NY
Janet Walker 40 NY
Transplant Recipient: Men
Rank Participant Age State Time Video
1 Wilson Du+ 42 CA 6:50 Watch workout video
Joe Curry 24 NY
Transplant Recipient: Women
Rank Participant Age State Time Video
1 Merrill Walker+ 67 TX 7:00 Watch workout video
Lauren Streets 38 IL
General: Men
Rank Participant Age State Time Video
1 Nick Bahr 32 MS 2:08 Watch workout video
2 Tony Lauters 33 NE 2:09 Watch workout video
3 Zack Simmons 30 OK 2:13 Watch workout video
4 Jeremy Johnson 45 IN 2:16 Watch workout video
5 Greg Holt 38 CT 2:24 Watch workout video
6 Justus McGuire 30 OK 2:44 Watch workout video
Edson DaCosta 45 NY
Kevin Fulton 31 CT
Casey Schmitz 39 NY
General: Women
Rank Participant Age State Time Video
1 Francheska Delgado Peraza 35 MD 3:33 Watch workout video
2 Chadae McDonald 37 MD 4:25 Watch workout video
3 Abigail Lauters 37 NE 4:30 Watch workout video
4 Laura Anderson 39 OH 5:13 Watch workout video
5 Lindsey Holden 41 OH 7:16 Watch workout video
6 Shanell Sullenberger 29 WA 8:42 Watch workout video
7 Kiana Sullenberger 29 WA 8:48 Watch workout video

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