The conversation started with, "Wouldn't it be cool to build our own obstacle course!?! Aja responded, "If you can put it together, we'll do it!" Challenge Accepted. I started thinking about what's important to us here at Anytime. Well health and fitness, obviously, but what about helping someone accomplish something they never thought they could? How about teamwork and a sense of belonging? How bout a good cause to donate all the funds to?
It all came together, a team-based obstacle course race for charity! The significance behind team-based is that the race is not simply run by individuals in a group at the same time, the obstacles are designed to force the team to work together. For example, one person can't carry a telephone pole by themselves, but 4 people could! Also if you told a regular normal person they needed to carry a telephone pole for this course, they would immediately say, "I can't do that!" But when they have 3 or 4 more teammates to help, the impossible becomes possible, and confidence is created. I've been an athlete my whole life and with that comes a sense of independent confidence to accomplish physical tasks, but not everybody has had that opportunity.
Overcoming 'obstacles' or adversary, mental toughness, physical strength, and working through discomfort are developed in the world of sports, but I wanted to build this idea, literally from the ground up, to inspire and motivate people of normal physical backgrounds to accomplish something physically hard. Sure, there is a level of competition involved for the athletes present, but the purpose is to motivate the average person into believing they can do more than they ever thought was possible. The course is not easy, but with the right help, anything is possible!
Donating all of the profits to a charity was just the cherry on top for being a philanthropist. We wanted to help our community, so we have chosen to stay local with whom the funds are allocated to. We do research on various causes and organizations and have a discussion and team vote on who to support with that year's profits. Let me tell ya, it is A LOT of freakin' work - thinking, organizing, building, transporting, advertising, and raising support, but it's worth it. My favorite part of the whole thing is watching those ordinary people cross the finish line with an elated smile because they are just so proud of themselves. They did something they had never believed in themselves they could do.