By Carol McCracken (Post # 2,389)
Almost five hundred (500) super-athletes have registered for the 4th annual Urban Raid, Portland, that kicks off tomorrow morning at 10:00 am at Amethyst Park near the Ocean Gateway Terminal at the bottom of Munjoy Hill. It’s a 5K race as well as an obstacle course with sixteen (16) obstacles along the route. The Munjoy Ascent is a trip up the Hill to Congress Street before a return to Ocean Gateway Terminal.
While crews for Urban Raid spent today setting up the obstacles, athletes arrived at the Sports Authority at the Maine Mall to pick up their packets of information as well as their race numbers. One of the early arrivals was Bob Scott, a neuropathic doctor. He treats people with herbs. He plans to take some adrenal support herbs tonight before the Raid as well as following the competition. He’s single & looking! His email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Another early arrival at the Sports Authority was Jenn Roberge, who is returning for her third year in the competition. From Falmouth, she trains five days a week at Fit21 for about an hour. Jenn, see above right photo, recalled one of the early years when the nearby parking garage was included as an obstacle. Athletes had to run up the seven flights of stairs, across the top filled with monkey bars and down the other side in over 90 degree heat with no breeze whatsoever on the waterfront. What a trooper! Last year she placed 3rd in her age group and would like to finish higher up this year! Go Jenn!
Paula Lambert, awesome, is back in the competition for the third year. This year she is entered with a team of twelve (12). A team entry is not as competitive as is an individual entry. “It’s not for time – it’s for the team,” Lambert said this afternoon. Lambert, who is fifty (50) years old today, was off to a birthday celebration with her three (3) adult children. Happy Birthday, Paula! One of her three trainers is Karen Kelly at Fit12.
Lastly, but far from least, is Danielle Mathosky, a landscape designer. She said she gets self-gratification from pushing herself to achieve the most she can as her reason for entering this competition for the third year. Our charming visit was cut short because she had a dog in her car that she wanted to get back to. Mhn.com forgot to take her photo because of that.
You are all a bunch of inspiring winners – no matter the outcome!