Have you noticed the amount of 5K runs, bike races and charity walks that take place each year? Rochester has an active, progressive sports community that caters to both spectators and competitors. The Zoo has offered its Jungle Jog for more than two decades now and wanted to find a new and innovative fundraising sports event that would be just as exciting and unique to the Zoo. With help from the Downtown Fitness Club, the Zoo Fitness Challenge was created as a boot-camp style obstacle course. Everyone that competed in the first and second years walked away (a little slower after the competition!) having shared a fun, high-energy and productive physical experience.
Now in our third year, we’ve added the expertise of the Wolf Brigade Gym’s Greg Walsh to incorporate a Team Event into the Zoo Fitness Challenge. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, teams of six (maximum of four men) will compete in three well-structured, high-intensity stations that will call on all of their fitness resources. Each station will require great effort, teamwork and physical prowess and will be just as exciting to watch as to accomplish! A $300 per team registration fee is required in advance – the cut-off for pre-registration is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2.
As in years past, individuals can also compete in a stand-alone obstacle course coordinated by the Downtown Fitness Club. Any participants in the team competition can compete for FREE! Individuals not participating in the team event will pay a $15 fee on the night of the event.
The popularity of events like the “Warrior Dash” and the “Tough Mudder” continues to grow every year and our Zoo Fitness Challenge will give the Rochester athletic community a yearly taste of that style of physical fun!
If you aren’t feeling quite ready to compete, for a $5 fee you can stop by the Zoo and cheer others on (and get ready for next year!) Watch people climb ropes next to penguins, push weights by a cougar, jump on tables near alligators and sprint by the emus. Where else could you get this kind of experience while helping to raise money for your Zoo?
All those who attend the Zoo Fitness Challenge are invited to the event after-party at Salena’s Mexican Restaurant in the Village Gate, featuring an open Taco Bar and cash beverage bar for those attendees!
The Top 3 teams in the Team Event and the Top Male and Top Female in the Individual Event will take home fabulous prizes. Prize sponsors include: Rochester Red Wings, Rock Ventures, Eastern Mountain Sports, MedVed Running and Walking Outfitters, Vital Energy, Freetime Magazine, Seneca Park Zoo, Downtown Fitness Club, Wolf Brigade and more!
Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics!
— Michelle Picardo, Zoo Fitness Challenge Coordinator & Greg Walsh, Owner/Training Director, Wolf Brigade Gym