Alva hosts fitness challenge

Katie Lackey

Student Writer

            The Impossible Obstacle Course Race and Fitness Fest will be Sept. 23 at Hatfield Park in Alva.

Registration for the race will be at 9:00 a.m. and the race will begin at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $75 for an individual to enter and an additional $10 to participate in the fitness challenge. It will cost $230 for a team of four and only $10 for the team to participate in the fitness challenge. Northwestern students can also get a 15 percent discount on their entry fee, if they present their student ID at the Exotic Heat Wave in Alva. Everyone who enters the race will receive a shirt, and medals will be given out to the individuals who place in the top three.

There is an estimated 175 total entries in the race, with participants coming from gyms all over Oklahoma.

The event will also offer free games including: volleyball, horseshoes, corn hole ect,.

Founder of the Impossible Obstacle Course Race and Fitness Fest, Curtis Robinson said, “I have lived in northwest Oklahoma for about two to three years and I hear a lot of people saying there is nothing to do up here. I wanted to give people something to do, but I also really want to change people’s mind on fitness and making health a priority.”

Robinson’s desire to create this event goes beyond just recreational purposes.

“Oklahoma ranks really low in obesity and cardiac diseases,” Robinson said. “Most of this stuff is preventable, so I want to bring a healthy consciousness back into society, especially in Oklahoma.”

Robinson has built his life around fitness, as he is a personal trainer, nutritionist and owner of Hot Fitness.

“The nation has started getting more conscious about their own health and taking responsibility for their own lives,” Robinson said. “With that demand, there is becoming a lot more stuff for communities and it really benefits everybody.”

As the nation as a whole changes, Robinson expects to see other changes follow.

“Even though the current generation of adults may not be very health conscious,” Robinson said. “I think in a generation or two, we are going to see generations that make health a big priority in their life, which really improves the quality of living.”