Our fit­ness gu­rus ready to tackle San Fran­cisco

Hy­brid team set to take on the US in Spar­tan race

The Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - Matthew Elk­er­ton matthew.elk­er­ton@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

HY­BRID HEROES: Lisa Greedy, Lee Tay­lor, April Den­dle and Jim Greedy are part of a 26-strong group from Hy­brid Fit­ness who will be tak­ing on the AT&T Sta­dium Chal­lenge in San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia. The team will fly out of Aus­tralia to­mor­row.

FIT­NESS: The city of San Fran­cisco is not go­ing to know what hit it, as 26 of Grafton’s strong­est bod­ies swarm the city for the AT&T Park Sta­dium Sprint Spar­tan race.

The event hosted at the home of base­ball team, San Fran­cisco Gi­ants, will be a big leap for a ded­i­cated Hy­brid Fit­ness team.

The group has eyed off the ma­jor Spar­tan event since the start of the year and gym owner Shaun Dav­i­son said ex­cite­ment has been build­ing as the day got closer.

“We have done a lot of Spar­tan races across Aus­tralia but we wanted to chal­lenge our mem­bers and get them out of their com­fort zones,” he said.

“To get a crew of 26 peo­ple has ab­so­lutely blown me away. When I put the idea out there, I would have been happy with 10 peo­ple but this is close to a quar­ter of our to­tal mem­bers.

“It isn’t easy when you are only a small busi­ness, and the rea­son we do get into th­ese things is be­cause we want to see peo­ple do well, this kind of sup­port back from our mem­bers is amaz­ing.”

Dav­i­son has worked hand in hand with Grafton Travel Agency to make the process as smooth as pos­si­ble and he thanked the lo­cal agency for their help in plan­ning.

The AT&T Sta­dium, home of base­ball side the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants, chal­lenge has been booked as a tough Spar­tan race, with ath­letes to ex­pect plenty of stairs.

Or­gan­is­ers have en­sured all ath­letes are warned that the sta­dium’s course will be no walk in the park.

“Amer­ica is where the Spar­tan race was in­vented so you know they are go­ing to do it right,” Dav­i­son said.

“I am not ex­actly sure what we are in for but we know there will be heaps of ob­sta­cles that we will have to climb, go through or go around.

“It is a bit of an un­known, but that is half the fun of Spar­tan races.”

The head trainer said his team had been work­ing hard in prepa­ra­tion for the event and would be ready for what­ever chal­lenge was thrown their way.

“With the fit­ness train­ing we do at Hy­brid we cover all ar­eas of event, so peo­ple are as well pre­pared as pos­si­ble,” he said. “It’s our gym motto, ‘walk in pre­pared, walk out proud’.”

PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GI­ANTS STEPS: Most of the Hy­brid Fit­ness team that will be tak­ing on the AT&T Park Sprint Spar­tan race in San Fran­cisco this week.

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