Amazing runner prepares for Brooklyn challenge

September 6, 2013 3:23:25 PM PDT
Move over tough mudders and Spartan warriors, there's a new challenge that combines military style training for the everyday athlete.

"Anyone can do this function fitness. It's three movements throughout the race. It's a box jump, a kettle bell swing and a push press - all lightweight and scale for every level athlete," Sean Rogers, co-founder of the Civilian Military Combine, said.

It's an event that mere mortal civilians can enter, competing with themselves and against others by doing simple timed exercises and a 4 mile obstacle course.

Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior or a mom of 4, they claim this is a challenge that everyone can embrace.

"You could be a couch potato and be someone who gets into this. This is not something that is about winning. It's about building yourself, your potential, your ability to become a stronger person both emotionally and physically," participant Rebecca Alexander said.

Alexander speaks from experience, but admits she initially admired the event from afar.

"It looks really intimidating. It looks like you have to be super muscled and really strong to be able to be able to do this, but I think more than that because of some of my physical limitations that this was something that would not be a good idea for me to do," she said.

Alexander was born with a rare medical condition. She's progressively losing her sight and her hearing.

"If you were hearing someone who is going deaf and blind is doing this you'd be like no way," she said.

With narrowing tunnel vision and struggling with her balance, she's found strength in these obstacles that help her raise the bar.

"She has her disabilities, but her disabilities have never slowed her down. She's run three CMC races. She approaches the tenacity of a CMC race the same way she does with life. She overcomes all the obstacles in her life as she does in the race and it's an inspiration for everyone who gets to know her," Keith Gornish, CEO and co-founder of the Civilian Military Combine, said.

So whatever your personal challenge, combiners say once you enter this event, you'll find rewards beyond the finish line!

"At the end of the day, CMC stands for pride of an athlete and heart of hero. What that really means is we've created a race series that is for all levels of athletes, and at the same time we are honoring the men and women of our country. It is a race, but really it's an experience," Gornish said.

To learn more about the race, please visit Civilian Military Combine online.