Raw Challenge heating up

SIGN UP: Tenielle Thick and Emily Roche-Munro from Western Sydney University with Penrith PCYC manager Leann Dobbin. Tenielle and Emily will run the seven-week self-esteem program for girls. Picture and story from the St Marys-Mt Druitt Star.

Locals looking for a healthy and fun family day out are being urged to sign up to be part of the Penrith PCYC contingent taking part in the 2017 Raw Challenge.

This is the second year the obstacle assault course challenge takes place, and PCYC is hoping more than 500 competitors will take part.

Local clubs are getting clients and members of the local community to sign up for the March 18 event, which is being run to raise funds for the PCYC’s Time for Kids program.

Penrith PCYC manager Leann Dobbin said funds raised for the local club would go towards a seven-week self-esteem program for girls as well as an anger management program for boys, which would be provided free of charge for participants.

“I’ve had a lot of parents approach me for these programs. There has been a big call for them locally,” she said.

The Raw Challenge features more than 55 obstacles over a seven-kilometre course, and caters for both the serious competitor and families wanting to enjoy a bit of fun.

Participants can walk or run the event and there is a dedicated kids’ section for those aged five to 10 years.

Participants who sign up to support Penrith PCYC will also receive two free classes a week up to the event to help them prepare as well as a drink bottle and t-shirt.

“Our PT [personal trainer] has drawn up a program,” Ms Dobbin said. “They can get two classes a week to help prepare for the obstacles.

“There are barriers, mud crawls and lots more. It’s going to be very dirty but a lot of fun.

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