Prepare for combat
THE EXTREME fitness of teams competing in the third annual Samson Challenge will be unleashed after a month's delay due to rain on Sunday.
Organiser Rebekka Battista said competitors had been training hard and were prepared to give their all to help local charity Our Kids raise money for Lismore Base Hospital's children's ward.
"Everyone is really chomping at the bit to compete," she said.
Mrs Battista said each team pays a $360 entry fee and they have been busy fundraising, determined to pass last year's figure of $10,000 that was raised.
Forty-two teams from as far afield as Grafton will compete across six categories to test their strength, speed and endurance over an eight-leg course culminating in a challenging obstacle course.
Starting by carrying heavy sand bags, teams will then flip massive truck tyres before pushing a weighted custom-built "prowler" 120 metres.
Teams will run 3km to the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre and compete in a relay swim, before running back to Hepburn Park where each team member will row one kilometre on a rowing machine before facing an obstacle course that will set muscles burning.
"Last year's course was down in the CBD and it was a bit flatter but this year's course based at Hepburn Park has a few hills in the run, which will be a challenge."