Cargo Net Climb

There’s nothing like a good obstacle course race to get the adrenaline pumping – rope climbs, army crawls, sticky mud – it’s all part of the fun.

But this next adventure is something a little special and different. 

Chopper Challenge: what you need to know

There’s nothing like a good obstacle course race to get the adrenaline pumping – rope climbs, army crawls, sticky mud – it’s all part of the fun.

But this next adventure is something a little special and different.

In July this year, I was approached by Westpac Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, and asked to help them as a fitness ambassador with their upcoming fundraising appeal.

The Chopper Challenge has been created to recognise the inspiring teamwork of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter crews and raise vital funding for this life-saving service.

The four-person team obstacle course race (OCR) will be held on Sunday 17 November 2019 at one of my favourite OCR courses in New Zealand, Action Matakana.

One lap of the course is 3km with over 30 demanding obstacles in your path – 9ft climbing walls, wading through creeks, cargo net climbs – and your team can choose to complete either one or two laps of this purpose-designed course.

From personal experience

I have a very personal reason for jumping on board – when I was young, a member of my family fell off a cliff. Thankfully, he was rescued by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter – but I wholeheartedly believe he wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the service.

In a country like New Zealand with coastal terrain, lots of hard to reach places with limited to no vehicle access, and a population of people that love to get outdoors, we need – and are lucky to have – a rescue service. In saying that, the Trust is only partially funded by the government, and the average cost of one rescue mission is a whopping $5,000!

Rise to the challenge

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter crews work year-round, 24/7 to complete over 1000 rescue missions. Each of those rescue missions presents multiple mental and physical obstacles to overcome.

Crews work in teams of four including a doctor, pilot, crewman and an intensive care paramedic. Although each has their own role, it’s imperative they work together to complete each life-saving mission safely.

It’s time to rise to the challenge and get a taste of what it’s like for these guys every time they get the call to jump into action. The goal is to raise $100,000 – or $5,000 per team – a small price to pay for a service as a nation we just can’t live without.

Your mission – grab a group of friends or work colleagues and sign-up! If you can’t race, help one of the teams by making a small donation.

Get OCR ready with Ascend Fit

I have a lot of experience with obstacle course racing - I’ve competed around the world as well as on the Action Matakana course – and with my professional background in training, it’s my job to prepare the contestants.

In the lead-up to the event, I’ll be sharing my OCR coaching expertise with the teams. Training for an OCR event isn’t just about building strength and fitness, it requires skill and mental stamina - so you can go into the event with confidence and execute obstacles without fear.

On the day, I’ll be right there beside you, charging up the crowd as MC.

If you’ve already signed up – or you’re thinking about it – and you’d like to know more about obstacle course race coaching, flick me an email and let’s chat.

With just under ten weeks until race day, there’s plenty of time to get prepared.

I also run a group fitness class at the end of every month called Obstacle Ready! Come and meet me in person and test out some of your skills before race day (bonus: it’s free).

 

Event details:

  • Chopper Challenge
  • Date: Sunday 17 November 2019
  • Venue: Action Matakana
  • Teams of four (mixed)

For more information, visit www.chopperchallenge.co.nz