Gaylord Gaunlet

For the last year and a half I have gone to countless events from Color Runs, CrossFit, Strong (Wo)Man, Mud Runs, and the list goes on.  At these events I get to meet Event Directors, athletes, spectators, and I take pictures and write articles.  I love it, but I decided to treat myself and sign up for the Gaylord Gauntlet, and I am so happy that I did. 

            The Gaylord Gauntlet is an out reach of Gaylord Hospital and is held on their 400 acre rural campus.  This is the 3rd year of the event that is held to raise money for Gaylord Hospital Sports Association.

            The Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital provides adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with physical disabilities in CT and throughout the North east.

            There were 12 adaptive athletes from their program competing alongside 800+ runners.  Not a bad showing for a 3rd year event!

            Being in the trenches with the athletes was an awesome way to experience this, and Gaylord Gauntlet did a great job putting this race together.  The event was just over 5K with tons of natural and man made obstacles from the traditional vertical wall and mud pit to a roll over accident where you had to crawl through and upside down vehicle (I am assuming no one was injured in the accident!!!) but it showed the creativity of the event staff.

            While running I could hear people saying things like, “This is better than ______” or “I like this race so much better than_______” fill in the blank.

            Along the way I met some great folks like Team Rugged Fitness who took me in as part of their team.  It was a blast and I would definitely do this race again.           

            Keep an eye out for this event next year from their website or by watching our Theme Run page.  If you can’t wait till then, check out Our Mud Run in Sept!


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Granby Farmers Market

    It’s June and the farmers market season is heating up (pun somewhat intended).  The newest market to open is the Granby Farmers Market.  This is an addition to the rich Farmers Market community that CT already has.
    Granby has enjoyed a long history of agriculture, but has been without a farmer’s market for 2 years now.  Enter Amanda Zyzdorf and Danielle Sturgeon, two college students with the idea that Granby needed it’s market back.  Danielle who is a business major and Amanda an animal science major decided it was time.  Amanda and Danielle were mentored by Alicia Newton, Granby’s previous Market Master.
    The two got to work back in December and have accomplished a lot since then.  Working from different states and planning over Skype, the two were able to go from idea to market in 6 months.  Also securing a great location on Rte.s 10 and 202 at the South Congregational Church.
    Danielle and Amanda have done more than open a farmers market, they have given us the story we wish to hear when we turn on the news.  Two young, ambitious ladies who had a dream, set goals, overcame obstacles to enact their dream, find success and positively affect their community.  Great job ladies!
    Keep an eye on this market and the events they have planned. The Live Fit CT community is especially excited about their wellness week in early August.  

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Connecticuts Strongest(Wo)MAN

    Saturday was a hot, humid brutal day and so was the compitition at Connecticut’s Strongest (Wo)man.  Another awesome event put on by Lightening Fitness, owned and operated by Pro Strongman Matt Mills.  Lightening Fitness is the place to go for Strongman training on the East Coast- not my words, just fact.  They specialize in strongman but have everything you would need for strength training wether it is competitive body building, power lifting, or just want to stay in shape. 
     It’s always inspirational to see the athletes push themselves so hard.  If you have never been to a stong (wo)man event, you have been missing out and I highly recommend that you  plan to experience it, or better yet, train and compete.  
    The competition was split into 5 different events and the athletes competed by division in those events.  The divisions included:

   The events were:
    -Log Press Medley:  Three logs of ascending weight pressed from lightest to heaviest.
    -Last Man Standing Max 12 inch Deadlift:   Deadlift competition- the bar was raised using                             rogue wagon wheels.
    -Tire Flip:  Athletes by division flipped massive tires for most flips in a minute.  
    -Keg Carry To Husafell: 60 second time limit- athletes carry a keg 50 feet, sprint back to                             starting line, then carry the Husafell 50 feet for fastest time. 
    -Power Stairs:  Five 12 inch steps- athletes carry a heavy implement up the stairs, run down,                       and carry the second implement for time. 

    Congrats to Lightening Fitness for another great event and congrats to all the athletes for their heart and strong competition.  Those that medaled are as follows:

Women’s Novice:
    1st place: Alli Barberi
    2nd place: Amanda Viola
    3rd place: Jane Nwafor
Women’s Lightweight:
    1st place: Kena Perry
    2nd place: Melissa Sears
    3rd place: Chieh Ju Liao
Women’s Medium Weight:
    1st place: Kristal Renaudette
    2nd place: Erin Williams Ummer
    3rd place: Carly Litwiler
Women’s Heavy Weight:
    1st place: Katrina Kaworski
    2nd place: Cait Dunn
Men’s Novice:
    1st place: Kevin Candito
    2nd place: Bobby Kaplan
    3rd place: Justin Zup
Men’s 200:
    1st place: Adam Sweeney
    2nd place: John Sullivan
Men’s 231:
    1st place: Brad Lemanski
    2nd place: Corey Benton
    3rd place: Ryan Largay
Men’s Masters:
    1st place: Bart Walsh
    2nd place: Drew Bielomyza
    3rd place: Shawn Cross

Some highlights of the event besides the competition and support of the athletes (great to see competitors cheering for each other) were the heavy weights the athletes were moving.  For example in the deadlifts:
    -Becky Greene: 375lbs  (women’s novice)
    -Melissa Sears/Chieh Ju Liau: 345lbs  (women’s lightweight)
    -Kristal Renaudette: 415lbs  (women’s medium weight)
    - Katrina Kaworski: 405lbs  (women’s heavyweight)
    -Kevin Candito: 635 lbs (men’s novice)
    -Adam Sweeney: 635 lbs  (200)
    -Ryan Largay: 745 lbs (231)
    -Bart Walsh: 635 lbs (masters)

To find more strong (wo)man events, go to our Strong(Wo)Man page


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