For the 5th Annual Chickcharney Chirren Challenge, event organizers have decided to move the route from Clifton Heritage Park to Downtown Nassau. The move is in celebration of the event’s fifth anniversary, which is set for Sunday, July 14, starting at 7 a.m. Organizers have dubbed it “The City Challenge – We Run This City”.
Participants will encounter different obstacles as they start at the Prince George Wharf and travel as far as Evolve Functional Fitness on Montrose Avenue and Rosetta Street, then back to the Prince George Wharf.
Chester Robards, one of the organizers, said they wanted to do something different this year.
“It was a learning process over the five years. On an island that is congested with people and places, we started off with Clifton Heritage Park and it is a great location. People loved running out there, but for some people the drive is a deterrent early in the morning. We decided to try out downtown and see how that goes. We will still try to see how we can work the park into an event because we love that location. It is our fifth year and we wanted to do something big and different to get much more people involved in obstacle running,” Robards said.
Without letting much out the bag about what obstacles participants can expect that morning, Robards listed off a few that could be expected. One of the obstacles is the Tyrolean Traverse where participants will have to vertically move across a rope lying down. The rope is about four feet off the ground. According to Robards, there are obstacles at Evolve Functional Fitness as well, and one of them may include a pool activity. They will also be taken through parts of the city that the average person wouldn’t venture into.
Robards said that some of the proceeds will be donated to the Bahamas National Council for Disability.
“In our first year we said that we were going to help out the Bahamas National Council for Disability. We were able to give them about $3,000 to $4,000. We wanted to help someone, and we did. We want to continue to assist them,” he said. “This year we wanted to do what we did in out first year with this being a landmark year. We wanted to get back with them and do as much as we can. Obstacle course running is about movement and moving the entire body. We could not think of any better charity to give to than persons who have lost mobility and are disabled. Sometimes, they come out and help us with our events.”
Medals will be presented to all of the finishers. The top competitors and teams will receive special prizes. Robards said that obstacle course running is more fun with teams, and this year, teams will consist of no less than four persons.
Children under the age of 16 can participate but must be accompanied by an adult.
Early registration has begun and ends on June 14. After June 14, the price increases. Final registration ends on Saturday, July 13.
Interested persons can register at Evolve Functional Fitness or through the website www.chickcharneychirren.com. They can also contact organizers at the telephone numbers (242) 820-5664 or (242) 357-9578.
Robards thanked the sponsors for coming on board – Colina Insurance, Powerade, Evolve Functional Fitness, Sign Island, Art of Grafix and Guardian Radio.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism