What was the mighty culmination of the SmartyGirlLeadership Summer Fitness Challenge?
|Photo Credit: Eagal Lakes Resort BodySoulFitness Team at Great American Hero Run|
Our sponsors showing up, big time, and rewarding the dauntless athletes and volunteers on Saturday, August 24th. Imagine if you will, 400+ mud obstacle race participants wolfing down Luna Bar S’mores and Luna Bar White Chocolate Macadamia pre- and post-course.
Who chose to team up with Luna Bar and SGL on the day of? Yes, you guessed it! Awesome-face brand ambassadors from One Coconut Water. The tartness is an acquired some say but if you like Hawaiian guava sheet cake, sneak a sip of One Coconut Water’s guava beverage.
Who else was there? See for yourself the triumphant pics with mud-drenched buddies via Norsephotos.
|Photo Credit: Eagal Lakes Resorts Facebook Father and Son Team at Great American Hero Run|
A big thank you to our other sponsors Honey Badger Drink Fearless, High Five Fitness, Stanford Blood Center and Sports Authority who cheered on our Fitness Captains all summer long!
I am in awe of Eagal Lakes Resort businesswoman Karen Eagal. Go, Karen! What a leader!
|Photo Credit: Facebook Karen Eagal of Eagal Lakes Resort|
3 Things Not to Miss
1. Open water swim in the lake. This was an item on my bucket list to do a mud run + swim. I got my wish! Lifegaurds in the water and on shore patrolled to make sure all partipants reached the largest water obstacle safely. Wanna know a mud run tip? Bring swim goggles! The lake water was cool, lovely and otherworldly pretty green. The lake lifegaurds rode red and white Seadoos.
|Photo Credit: SmartyGirl Renee Marchol at Great American Hero Run|
2. Climbing walls marked with zombie warnings. If you have been following our hiking and nutrition expert, Jeremy Lopez, this summer then you know that you relish this obstacle. Interspersed between leaping hay bales, crawling under nets, and carrying sandbag “babies” to a safe drop off point. Runners from my diminutive 5’3.5″ to 6’9″ scrabbled up these wooden walls graffitied with red and black spray paint warning the heros of gray-matter gatherers! When you vault yourself up and over with your upper body, take a bow! SGL continues to be in your corner!
|Photo Credit: Captain Erin Hammack’s garden tomatoes|
3. Grown-up sized water slide. You. Have. Got. To see this.
SmartyGirlHome Readers, thank you for making this such a fun exercise to host the Summer Fitness Challenge! I completed the 30+ obstacles in 1 hour and 39 minutes. I felt sore for 72 hours after the mud obstacle run but post-race endorphins were indescribable! Respect to my companions who completed the course twice in half the time! Bonus to those who ran with barbells. Yes. Barbells.
A shout out to Ken, Della, Darius, Emily, Jonathan and Andy the most awesome-face cross-country badass volunteers I have met! Go Tracy Bulldogs!