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April 21, 2012

 

Lime Hollow obstacle course set

CourseJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Lime Hollow Center for Environment and Culture Executive Director Glenn Reisweber, left, talks about the layout for the planned Great Cortlandia obstacle course charity race with, from left-center, Colin Wilson, Nick Roa and Dan Brown. The event, being held for the first time, is scheduled for April 29 on trails at the nature center off McLean Road in Cortlandville.

By SCOTT CONROE
Staff Reporter
sconroe@cortlandstandard.net

CORTLANDVILLE — SUNY Cortland senior Colin Wilson is a fan of Tough Mudder, the fiercely competitive obstacle course event that is held around the nation to raise money for a military veterans’ nonprofit.
Competitors crawl through tunnels and pools of mud, swing and climb and run, in a 10- or 12-mile series of challenges designed by British Special Forces.
Wilson is chair of The Great Cortlandia, scheduled for April 29, an obstacle course event that will not be so intense, although it might have a mud pit or tunnel.
The obstacle course will be designed for four-person teams of all ages and will stretch 3.5 miles on trails from land next to the Lime Hollow Center for the Environment and Culture’s visitors center off McLean Road.
The event is being sponsored by the college’s Fit Club, to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit that works with military veterans on career, medical, rehabilitation and social issues.
Registration is online at www.cortlandia.wordpress.com or just before the event, which will have registration at 8 a.m.
Wilson began laying out the course Friday, after getting input from Glenn Reisweber, Lime Hollow’s executive director. He worked with three other Fit Club members — senior Dan Brown and juniors Michael Hernandez and Nick Roa — to decide where different obstacles might go.
At one point, Wilson tried carrying a large rock while standing, then while stooped over, as Reisweber suggested events that might suggest honor of military veterans.
A kinesiology major from Fulton, Wilson said he wanted to organize something that would involve physical fitness and benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, although he does not know many veterans.
So he and other club members planned The Great Cortlandia.
He said the club also wanted to do something for the Cortland area.
“We want to bridge the gap between SUNY Cortland and the community,” he said. “In the past we’ve sponsored a weightlifting competition. Next year we’ll have a bodybuilding competition. We have day camps for kids, focused on being fit.”
Wilson said the obstacle course seemed like a different sort of event for the club’s roughly 15 members to plan.
“The race itself is arbitrary, this is more about working with a team and gaining a sense of satisfaction when you finish,” he said.
He would not say what the obstacles are, other than some of them will require all members of the four-person teams that will run the course. But he said the obstacles will add to the natural roughness of Lime Hollow’s forest terrain.
The course should take about 40 minutes to complete but some people could navigate it more quickly, he said.
The Fit Club will need about 40 volunteers to manage the race. Additional information, including registration fees, is available on the group’s website, and people interested in volunteering can contact Wilson through the site.

 

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