By Jonathon Brodie/London Community News / Twitter: @jonathonbrodie
Fun runs have been done and there’s a charity golf tournament just about every week when the weather is nice. To change the norm to bring in fundraising dollars, Jesse’s Journey is doing something different, but for this you must be 18 years or older.
There’s running — about 7.5 kilometres — and competitors will be swinging their arms to climb the cargo net, but they’ll also be sliding down hills, pulling themselves across a pond in a platoon boat, crossing a rope bridge and going over and under logs — just some of the obstacles setup for the charity benefiting Duchene muscular dystrophy research in its Xtreme Warrior Challenge on Sept. 23.
There are eight obstacles in total in the test, but the last barrier is staying a mystery.
“There’s something called the demotivator, which I’m not allowed to tell you what it is, but it’s the last obstacle and it will be challenging,” said Rick Moss, managing director of Jesse’s Journey.
One hundred teams of four have sold out the challenge, held just outside of London at Windy Hills Farm. If one teammate is looking to race through the course, they might not be getting too far.
“You can dash across an obstacle as one guy, but then the other three aren’t clicking with you and it doesn’t work,” said Capt. Craig Grant, part of a military group that helped come up and setup the obstacles for the challenge. “You got to start this as a team and you got to finish this as a team and some of the obstacles are designed to strictly to bring the team together.”
Maybe one of the nicer parts to Jesse’s Journey’s Warrior Challenge, unlike their annual golf tournament, is the event is a go rain or shine. It might even be a little better with worse conditions.
“A little hail would be welcomed,” Moss said.
If the sun is shining or rain is pouring, the 61-year-old isn’t lacing his shoes to step up to the challenge, though.
“Absolutely not,” Moss said, about testing himself in the event that needs a signed waiver before anyone steps on the course. “I’m too old.”
But, any of the competitors ready to try and be a warrior have a Canadian benchmark to aspire to.
“It’s very similar to what the military obstacle courses are like. We’ve got a lot of the same features incorporated,” Grant said. “We’ve built a lot of obstacle courses and this is at par with some of our more challenging ones.”
To see a video of the challenge, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HkpSZ67uDo.
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