Our Help Out With Hill Sprints challenge for 2017 has officially come to an end, and it was a great success!
Through the month of February, our athletes were raising donations for Carmichael Outreach, a local organization working tirelessly to end poverty and homelessness. To help motivate others to donate, we promised that one of our athletes would run a 50 meter sprint up Mount Pleasant for every item donated.
After everything was counted, our athletes were able to raise an outstanding 2,070 items! From frozen meat and canned goods to warm winter coats and blankets. With every item going to help someone in need in our community, our team was able to do a lot of good through this challenge.
On Saturday, February 25th, it was time for us to uphold our end of the bargain. Our team gathered at the hill at 9:30 am, warmed-up, and ran hill sprints for four hours.
And it was every bit the mental challenge I had hoped for.
This challenge, first and foremost, was about giving back to the community and helping those in need. Giving back is a huge part of who we are and what we believe in. It’s what we choose to do with our fitness.
But challenges like this also help to push our athletes out of their comfort zone. After completing a challenge like this they realize they are capable of much more than they thought they were. This new found confidence helps them not only in their fitness and athletic training, but in all aspects of their life.
And if you don’t believe me, go and run 185 fifty-meter sprints up a 30 degree incline like Matt Yarnton did. Then tell me you haven’t changed a little bit.
By 2:00 that day, the eighteen of us managed to run a total of 2,191 sprints.
We fought through muscle cramps and sore legs, and are still walking a little funny, but it was worth it.
Having the freedom and ability to train and play the way we do is a privilege. Sometimes this is easy to forget. Through challenges like this we try to remind ourselves of just how good we have it.
Sure, running over 2,100 hill sprints is tough. But nowhere near as tough as battling homelessness, living in poverty, or fighting an addiction.
This challenge would not have been possible without the commitment and support of the following Conviction Fitness athletes:
Ryan Holota, Jess Irvine, Samira Nadoroznick, Divyesh Patel, Ara Steininger, Clayton Bakke, Nick Dalrymple, Murray Musqua, Wayne Morin, Troy Gabel, Linsay Kwiatkowski, Cynthia Fiori, Adnan Khandoker, Amanda Isted, Tiff Hersak, Matt Yarnton, Evan Zolc, and Nisa Ahmed.
Another huge thank you to Loraas Disposal for donating the use of a portable toilet during our hill sprints. It was much appreciated!!!