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BU is 1 of 8 schools to host fitness event

Feb. 23, 2001

Upcoming meeting to prepare teams for April challenge

By JENNIFER SIH

Reporter

The Fitness Department will host the Target Training & Fitness Regional Challenge on April 7.

Only eight universities in the nation were chosen to host this event. More than 166 universities from Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico are invited to participate.

The winning team in the men's and women's division will get an all-expense paid trip to the National Fitness Challenge in Los Angeles.

The fitness department is holding an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in room 308 of the McLane Student Life Center.

Last semester, students were charged a $10 fee to enter the competition, but this time there is no fee to get more people involved.

'Our goal is to have 101 teams from here alone. We want to have the most participants in the region,' Van Davis, fitness coordinator, said. But intramural points will not be awarded for this event, Davis said.

The Fitness Challenge will include events in sit-ups, push-ups, one-mile run, an obstacle course, tug-of-war and rock climbing. Teams consisting of two men or women will try to earn the most overall points.

Davis wants to give Baylor students the biggest advantage possible. From 9 to 11 a.m. on March 24 the Fitness Department will hold a mock Fitness Challenge. This is a run-through for participants to practice.

They will leave the obstacle course outside until 5 p.m. for those who are participating in Steppin' Out in the morning. Staff members will recommend workouts, give assessments of sit-ups and push-ups, and give many inside tips on this day.

'I really enjoyed it last semester because it was a real test of ability,' Chris Peterson, a Dallas junior, said. 'The most challenging event was the combination of the sit-ups and push-ups and then going straight into the run. My advice is not to take it too seriously and just have fun.'

Lanham and her partner won the competition last semester and did a total of 64 push-ups.

Applications are available at the Fitness Center and at the front desk of the SLC.