Race has char­ity com­po­nent

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“We think that we can do these things. It’s not that this type of event that is meant for any­body in par­tic­u­lar but it’s go­ing to be chal­leng­ing for most peo­ple. It’s re­ally all about ca­ma­raderie, get­ting your friends out, sup­port­ing each other and that sense of ac­com­plish­ment.”

Cole says the event is a test of cross-train­ing and con­di­tion­ing.

“It’s a test even to ath­letes that are in good shape but half are go­ing to be mid­dle age arm­chair for­mer ath­letes that will try it for some fun. If there are some ob­sta­cles you can’t com­plete, there will be al­ter­nate ob­sta­cles.”

It will be a timed event, but it’s not nec­es­sar­ily a com­pet­i­tive event, adds Cole.

“There will be com­pet­i­tive el­e­ments where you can chal­lenge your bud­dies but we’re ap­proach­ing more from a fun per­spec­tive. There will be awards for cos­tumes and there will be awards for adult male and fe­male and youth male and fe­male. It will be open to spec­ta­tors as well. It’s ex­cit­ing. We’re three months out. It’s go­ing to be fun.”

The race has a char­ity com­po­nent in that a por­tion of the money earned from the event will be given to a yet-to-be-de­ter­mined char­ity or com­mu­nity group.

In­ter­ested par­ties can reg­is­ter as an in­di­vid­ual or can en­ter as a team. Cole hopes the race gives an op­por­tu­nity for some friendly com­pe­ti­tion be­tween busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions and ad­mits he would love to see a Guns vs. Hoses, po­lice against fire­fight­ers chal­lenge.

Com­pe­ti­tion aside, Cole hopes to cap­ture a fes­ti­val en­vi­ron­ment for the event, com­plete with live mu­sic and food. With a sim­i­lar event tak­ing place in St. John’s less than a month be­fore Clarenville’s race, Cole hopes to work out all the kinks be­fore rac­ers take to the hill.

“It’s all about be­ing ac­tive and hav­ing fun,” Cole said.

“It’s go­ing to be the best in New­found­land and we want it to grow to where it’stheevent in At­lantic Canada that peo­ple will want to par­tic­i­pate in. The event is in St. John’s three weeks prior, so we’re go­ing to learn through that so ours will be big­ger and bet­ter. Hope­fully those par­tic­i­pants in town will love it and want to come out. chris.bal­lard@thep­acket.ca

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