Rise up CHALLENGE
This past weekend, Charles and Stephanie teamed up with Candace Berlinguette, our kids yoga instructor, Stephanie Tempest, a long time friend and competitive athlete and Kathy Carl, another long time friend to complete the RISE UP Challenge. This was a 25 kilometre run that hosted 15 different challenge obstacles throughout, mostly boot camp style challenges with a few challenges that kept things fun! The race took place in the heart of Edmonton in the downtown River Valley, starting and ending in Capilano Park. They say that the race took them through parts of the Valley that they had never had the chance to see and enjoy before. Charles stated that the race was both physically and mentally challenging. They prepared for the race by training for sixteen weeks, and finished the race after about 6 1/2 long hours after their 9 am start, what a Saturday! I am sure many of us would be nervous to take on such a challenge and commitment and I was curious myself so I asked Charles, "Why?" Why did you want to take part in the race? What made you want to commit? His answer was simple, "because we can." For those of you who know Charles well, you know how active and passionate he is about healthy living and being the best you, I was somewhat surprised by his simple answer, which I shouldn't have been, but I was! We talked about it further and he explained that he and his team mates are all lucky enough to have strong, healthy bodies that are able to endure such a day, and everyday, and are not plagued by sickness and disease that makes them unable to compete in such a race. He continued to explain that he is grateful for that and wants to take advantage of such opportunities to become even stronger and healthier because in this world some are not so lucky, so here they are, embracing their strong bodies and enjoying a healthy and happy lifestyle! The main goal of the RISE UP challenge is to finish. There are no medals for placement, the goal is to finish, and finish is what our team did!
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