Julie Speidel representing the GSAC Gladiators and Jason Clarke of the Samson committee with helpers preparing for the fitness challenge.
Julie Speidel representing the GSAC Gladiators and Jason Clarke of the Samson committee with helpers preparing for the fitness challenge. Rebekka Battista

Is there a Samson in the family?

OUR Kids charity is calling on exercise lovers to take part in the Lismore Samson Fitness Challenge.

The yearly event attracts participants from all over the Northern Rivers and puts their strength to the test.

"They have to work through the bag leg, where they have to carry 15 sand bags to the end and then their team mate has to carry them back.

"Then they have to flip truck tyres from one end to the other and their team mate flips them back," Our Kids fundraising co-ordinator Rebekka Battista explained.

Participants also have to complete a 3.5km run and a swim leg at Lismore Memorial Baths.

However Ms Battista said you don't have to be "ultra-fit to compete" because it is a team event and your team-mates could support you.

Teams of four can compete in several categories, including men's opens, women's opens, mixed opens and masters (for people 35 and over). Seventeen teams are currently registered.

"I think it will be interesting to see how Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre goes this year," Ms Battista said.

"They won it last year and they're out to defend their title."

The event takes place on Sunday, March 4, at Mortimer Oval in Lismore. Funds raised will go to the Lismore Base Hospital Children's Ward.

Register at www.lismoresamson.com.



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