IN LINE: Samson Challenge favourites Glen Curtis, Matt Rizzo, Anthony Johnston and Tony Curtis with Our Kids Fundraising Co-ordinator Rebekka Battista.
IN LINE: Samson Challenge favourites Glen Curtis, Matt Rizzo, Anthony Johnston and Tony Curtis with Our Kids Fundraising Co-ordinator Rebekka Battista. Marc Stapelberg

Samson Challenge champs prepare for gruelling duelling

IT'S set to be a gruelling Saturday for the more than 80 teams set to run, climb, crawl and swim their way to victory for this year's Lismore Samson Fitness Challenge.

The event aims to raise money for local charity Our Kids which helps fundraise for specialist medical care for the Lismore Base Hospital's Children's Ward.

Teams of four compete in nine challenges including strength activities, running, swimming and an outdoor obstacle course.

The reigning champs for four years running are the GFX Men consisting of brothers Tony and Glen Curtis, Tony Johnson and Matt Rizzo.

But the gap is closing on the team to beat who only won by 30 seconds last year.

The secret to their success could possibly lie in Tony and Glen's home obstacle course which includes rope climbs, high walls, tyre flips and prowlers.

The brothers are both seasoned obstacle racers competing in big events like Spartan, Tough Mudder and interstate fun runs.

Last year Tony was number one in the Australian Reebok Spartan Race Men's Elite.

When asked whether he thought tomorrow's Samson challenge would be challenging he said "people probably won't like me saying this, but no. It's relatively short... but don't get me wrong, it's pretty intense".

The run will take the competitors down Oliver Avenue to the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre for the swim leg, then run back to the Oval for the last two fitness legs.

The eight legs of the challenge include the stationary rower, sandbag carry, truck tyre flip, prowler push, 2km run, a relay swim, another 2km run, burpees and an outdoor obstacle course.

The Samson Fitness Challenge is being held tomorrow at Hepburn Park.



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