Rain forces Samson Challenge to be postponed until April

Come on guys! If you think this is hard, you should see what they&squot;re going to make you do next!
Come on guys! If you think this is hard, you should see what they&squot;re going to make you do next!

UPDATE, Saturday March 2, 10am:

The Samson Challenge has been postponed due to heavy rain flooding the field at Hepburn Park.

Organiser Rebekka Battista said the event will now be held on April 7.

Volunteers and teams will be called this morning.



A BUNCH of big, strong, men will pick up heavy things at Goonellabah's Hepburn Park on Sunday to help sick kids across the Northern Rivers.

The Samson Challenge is back on, with a new venue but the same overall goal, to help local group Our Kids raise funds for the Children's Ward at Lismore Base Hospital.

This year's event will test competitor's fitness and speed as well as their strength - although they're going to need plenty of that too.

The competitors will be carrying sandbags and flipping ridiculously big truck tyres before running to the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre**, where they will compete in a relay swimming event before running back to Hepburn Park. Any survivors* will then be expected to race through an outdoor obstacle course and compete on a rowing machine.

The winner of this gruelling contest or their attending paramedic** will then take part in a presentation ceremony where they will be awarded the Samson title.

If you're thinking these guys must really want to help out the Children's Ward, get this - they are all paying between $300 and $360 per team to enter. That money will go in alongside the cash raised by fundraising teams over the past few weeks.

The fundraising teams have also been competing - although just in a monetary sense - and the team that has raised the most money will also get a prize for their efforts.

If you like the idea of watching people willingly suffer for a good cause, the Lismore Samson Fitness Challenge starts at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah, on Sunday, Mar 3, from 9am.

* The Lismore Samson Challenge is not really expected to be fatal to any of its competitors.

** I made up the bit about the paramedic too - the rest of it's true though!


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