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SLC holds fifth fitness challenge

Nov. 4, 2004

By RIAZ DHANANI, reporter

The McLane Student Life Center will hold its fifth annual Fall Fitness Challenge at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

This semester's fitness challenge will feature six events, including the Bear Trail run, sled pull, push-ups, sit-ups, men's pull-ups, women's chin-hang and pool obstacle course. Participants will compete in each event and earn one point for each win.

Gabriel Barrientez, an Angleton senior, is entering his fourth year of participating in the fitness challenge and said he loves to compete.

"I love the feeling of competition and having fun out there," Barrientez said. "The eagerness of getting out there and the fact that I feel I am in better shape keeps me participating each year.

The fitness challenge is great because you get to meet new people and compete. Everyone encourages and cheers for everyone," he said.

The sled pull will consist of pulling a 45-pound weight for men and a 25-pound weight for women.

Van Davis, fitness coordinator, encourages all students to come out and participate -- fit or not.

"It is challenging, but at the same time it is fun to see how you fare with yourself," Davis said. "Some students have come out in the past with no preparation and still fared pretty well."

Fitness graduate assistant Alaena Chilson also encourages students to compete.

"The fitness challenge is a great way to meet people that share a common interest in fitness," Chilson said.

Winners for the Fall Fitness Challenge will receive a 30-minute massage, a T-shirt and a trophy at the award ceremony following the event.

Second- and third-place winners will receive complimentary dinners from area restaurants.

There will be free lunch and door prizes, including a goody bag for each participant.

In addition to prizes, the club or organization that has the most participation will receive a special plaque from the fitness center.

The cost for this event is $10.