Our Athletes Rock the Weekend!
By Roland Hamelin, Contributing Writer
For years now, Worcester Fitness has described itself as a "club without walls"...with good reason!
To us, membership to Worcester Fitness means significantly more than coming to the club a few days each week and using the equipment. We are "More than a Gym!" Our memberships are more about the love and passion that EVERYONE in Worcester Fitness Nation has not only for fitness, but also for each other!
Our club has NO WALLS because our members become friends, teammates, supporters, coaches and collaborators inside the building AND beyond the walls of Worcester Fitness.
Saturday April 29, 2017 and Sunday April 30, 2017- one particular weekend that has become the single best example of what it means for Worcester Fitness to be a club without walls. Our members were competing in events all over New England, New Jersey and Nevada! Outside the club. Competing as one, winning as a TEAM.
Incredibly, there were (at least) FIVE different events held the weekend of April 29 and April 30 that featured Worcester Fitness athletes!
These events included:
That's an incredibly impressive weekend of accomplishments. It's also a perfect example of just how active, committed and passionate members of Worcester Fitness Nation are- not just about exceptional fitness and athletic performance, but more importantly, how they see their role as strong community leaders and advocates for important causes close to their heart.
"Participating in this race was a real gut check and eye opening experience. The level of unselfish, caring and concern shown by participants was extraordinary. Commitment to complete this race was everybody's goal irregardless of injury or illness. As we were ascending a steep hill, there was this one girl that was wearing shorts in the design of an American flag, obviously having difficulty. As she reached the crest of the hill, she collapsed to the ground with several people running to her aid including WFST members. She was having a pretty bad asthma attack. After assisting her with water, food and her nebulizer we continued on our way thinking, "sucks that she won't be able to finish". Well, a few hours later we crossed paths with this girl again. She explained that she had two asthma attacks but was determined to finish the race so she could give her medal to her friend who could not compete as a result of a recently diagnosed illness. Adversity defined."
"At the 11 mile mark, a WFST member became hampered with an excruciating knee injury. Despite the injury she was determined and pushed and carried on until finish. But it's Wht happened from this point on that defined the team. One member took it upon himself to give up his pack, put her on his back and proceeded to run downhill over rocky terrain to give her knee a rest. This would go on a few more times during the remainder of the race. Then, another member went into the woods and emerged with the perfect walking stick. Finally, the team was encouraged to move on by the injured member to finish the race, but they refused too leave her side. They encouraged her to keep pushing on. To the commitment to each other, they finished together. Coach Riley met the injured member at the crest of the final hill and assisted her to the finish line."
"The rope climb was the final obstacle before the fire jump. After just finishing two previous difficult obstacles in a row, the bucket carry and the twister, the rope climb was going to be a bitch. Mark Huard began the rope climb and it became obvious he was slowing as he got near the top. He stopped at one point about 2 arms lengths away from that cow bell just staring down to the ground. He had met his moment of adversity. He was was like hanging there for an eternity deciding what he was going to do. With the encouragement from his team members below, he found the inner strength to grab those 2 arm lengths to ring that FU'kn bell. Adversity at its best."
Gerry Montiverdi- Worcester Fitness Spartan Team Training
"WF Spartan Team completed NJ Beast, 13.8 miles, over 4000 ft of elevation changes, 32 challenging obstacles defining teamwork, adversity and perseverance !"
Gerry Montiverdi - Worcester Fitness Spartan Team Training
"(I finished in) 27:33 in Jay Lyons and won raffle (prize) for (free entry fee for the) Wachusett Mountain Race! (Plus) Worcester Fitness Team Award!"
David Lamontagne - Worcester Fitness Running Team
"I did a 33:11(finish) at (the) Jay Lyons (5k)!"
Kelly Chandley - Worcester Fitness Running Team
"29:06 (finish) at Craft Brew (5k)."
Katie McCartin - Worcester Fitness Running Team
"31:15 finish at the Craft Brew Race. I had a really hard time with the heat."
Amanda Gregoire - Worcester Fitness Running Team
"I ran Tarentino! Not sure of my time...but i didn't pass out so thats my victory!"
Stacey Pignataro - Worcester Fitness Running Team
You belong here.
Not everyone is cut out for 13 plus miles of obstacle racing or even running a 5K.
BUT, if you ever even had a passing thought, deep inside your mind, that maybe, JUST MAYBE you'd like to try...then the incredibly supportive and powerful people that you will meet at Worcester Fitness will help get you to YOUR finish line.
That's what Worcester Fitness is all about- winning TOGETHER.
Thank you to each and every one of our amazing Worcester Fitness Athletes. Every class participant, every training client...everyone who walks through our doors. You are all incredible athletes and it is our immense privilege to serve you.