Calling all gym rats, cross-fitters, MMA fighters, athletes and weekend warriors – pound for pound, who is the fittest?
Rain, snow or shine the 4×4 Monster Mile Fitness Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 24 will settle that question. The event starts at 10 a.m. sharp in front of Mudsharks on 4th and Cliffe and is part of the City of Courtenay’s Centennial celebrations.
“With over $1,000 in cash and prizes and bragging rights on the line, I’ve never been more excited for a fitness event,” says event organizer Marc St. Jules. Businesses are calling out other businesses as part of this fitness challenge and fundraiser event.
Co-sponsor Bob Bush of Bush and Company Trial Lawyers will be competing as part of a co-ed team of four. Nearly 60 years old, and with a seven-month-old hip replacement, Bob still figures his team will be unmatched in fitness and sponsorship dollars.
Jason Kirouac of Island Dentures has challenged any dental organization in the Comox Valley as a couple, meaning one male and one female, to this gruelling duel.
Mountain City Cycle is challenging pedal heads and bike stores while solo competitors Salinas Laperriere of Blue Toque and Owen “The Hulk” Grant from Baseline Archeology are ready to rock this event solo and are looking for some competition.
The Cave Fitness is calling out any gym and martial arts organization to send their best and lastly, the highlight of the event will be Courtenay councillor Manno Theos who is doing the event solo and wearing a 20-pound weight vest as a handicap. He is challenging any councillor or restaurant-related individual (male or female).
Strict local celebrity judges will be ensuring fair variables for all competitors with disciplines that include pull-ups, dips, reverse push-ups and push-ups with a short run up 4th Street in-between exercises.
“Your overall score is based on calculating your total reps and dividing it by your running time, so every second counts, which creates strategy and gives strong runners who are a little weak in upper body strength a chance,” St. Jules said.
Cost to participate is $20 per person and space is limited, so pre-registering through Facebook at St. Jules Method 4×4 Monster Mile is recommended. However there will be race day registration from 9-10 a.m. in the Mudsharks’ courtyard. All competitors will receive a competitors’ coupon that will have several free offerings and discounts from downtown businesses – which is worth competing for in itself, said St. Jules.
“So far, $500 has been raised for local fireman Rob Stevens (injured in a cycling accident) and we expect that to at least triple through registration proceeds, donations and the post-event barbecue,” St. Jules added. “Special thanks to all the local businesses involved and competitors for making this event happen.”
– 4×4 Monster Mile Challenge