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The first Scioto County Gym Challenge will take place on Oct. 13 at Spartan Stadium in Portsmouth. The event allows teams of four men or four women from area gyms to compete in four scored events.

“The Gym Challenge was born out of the Scioto County Health Coalition,” Wendi Waugh, director of SOMC Community Health and Wellness, said. “It’s the first collaboration of area fitness facilities to work together to provide an event like this.”

The events of the Gym Challenge will include The Swings/Burpee Ladder; the Maximum Deadlift; The Push, Push, Carry Relay; and the Cone Drill/Sprint.

“The original goal of the Scioto County Gym Challenge was to make fitness more visible and to say that we’re all partners in helping to make our community healthier,” Waugh said.

Registration must be completed by Oct. 1 and the registration cost is $50 for each four-person team.

Lucas Wright, a certified fitness trainer at the SOMC Life Center, will help out with the event and said he believes that the Gym Challenge will be very beneficial to the community.

“We have partnered with other gyms to help to get the community healthier. We just want to see people get healthy. This event will be the first of many opportunities,” Wright said.

A traveling trophy will be awarded to the first-place male team and the first-place female team. The trophy will be displayed as the winner’s gym until the next annual gym challenge.

Medals will also be distributed for all members of first, second and third place teams and all participants will receive a t-shirt. In addition, first place medals will be awarded for the team that wins each one of the events.

The Scioto County Gym Challenge is a collaborative effort of the SOMC LIFE Center, the Portsmouth Spartan Kettlebell Club, Preferred Fitness, Shawnee State University and FighterZ Wanted.

For more information on the Scioto County Gym Challenge or to register, call the SOMC Life Center at 740-356-7650.

Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 234 or portiawilliams@heartlandpublications.com

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