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WOD Gear Clothing Team Fitness Competition to Benefit Hillsides on August 9
Competitors on the rings at a prior WOD Gear Team Series.  Photo credit:  Michael Brian.

(PASADENA) WOD Gear Clothing, a South Pasadena, CA athletic apparel company, is donating proceeds from its fourth annual Team Series competition to the Pasadena-based non-profit Hillsides. The all-day event will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 9 at Citrus College in Glendora, CA.  Seventy teams consisting of two men and two women will compete to see which teams are the fittest. 

WOD Gear co-founder Gabriel Pelino expects the event to draw more than 2,000 spectators and some 70 volunteers and 40 judges. Spectators will be charged $5 for admission, a portion of which will go to Hillsides.

“WOD Gear is all about community, and Hillsides is making a huge impact on girls and boys in the community who don’t have a lot of opportunity,” said Pelino. “We’re happy for this chance to partner with a local non-profit that is really invested in making a difference in the lives of youth.”

Hillsides mission of creating lasting change in children’s lives is well-aligned with WOD Gear, said Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides chief executive officer. “Like WOD Gear, we believe strongly in the value of health and fitness. We run a Strength and Fitness Program for the children living in our residential treatment program, and in September, we are hosting our annual Kid Triathlon. We commend WOD Gear for its commitment to fitness and for its generosity to Hillsides.”

WOD Gear Clothing was born out of Pelino’s love of CrossFit, which is a strength and conditioning system built on constantly varied, functional movements executed at high intensity. The apparel company takes its name from Workout of the Day (WOD), a term common in the CrossFit community. 

Pelino and his partner Scott Clauson began the Team Series competition “because the CrossFit community loves to compete, but there were no team competitions in Los Angeles, so we figured, let’s do one,” said Pelino. “Our main goal is to just provide a place for athletes to compete, have fun, and gather with the community that we love.”

Teams will compete in a series of events such as swimming, running, gymnastics, and weight lifting to test the athletes’ mobility, endurance, and strength.  The event will culminate with the top three team winners.  Cash and product prizes will be awarded.

The community is invited to come watch the competition and cheer on the athletes and help Hillsides. Citrus College is located at 1000 W. Foothill Blvd, Glendora, CA 91741. There is also still time to enter the event. Those interested in signing up a team, volunteering for the event, or learning more about WOD Gear can do so by visiting

Hillsides is a premier provider dedicated to improving the overall well-being and functioning of vulnerable children, youth, and families throughout Los Angeles County.  Many of the children served are in the foster care system or transitioning from foster care to adulthood. To learn more about Hillsides, please visit



Photo caption:  Competitors on the rings at a prior WOD Gear Team Series.  Photo credit:  Michael Brian.    

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