By Jill Fox
The Parkland Equestrian Center will be once again transformed into a boot camp-style obstacle course when over 1,300 people compete in the 5th Annual Soldier Rush.
On Saturday, November 9, starting at 6 a.m., participants will attempt 20 acres of obstacles, from climbing over walls to carrying large objects through a race over three miles long.
Created by Manuel Mair, a former Marine and owner of One to One Fitness in Coral Springs, they’ve raised the bar at this year’s event with several new exciting obstacles, including a rope climb and a super-sized cargo net.
It’s all to support Fitness on a Mission, a nonprofit organization formed to raise funds by promoting educational and fitness events like Soldier Rush. All proceeds received will benefit the United Way’s Mission United, Southeast Florida Honor Flight, and Parkland Cares.
Last year, 100 percent of the charity-driven event raised over $12,000 for veterans, first responders, their families, and others in need. They also donated to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community affected by the trauma of the shooting on February 14, 2018.
Fitness Administrator Adrienne Silver said they consider Marjory Stoneman Douglas to be their extended family, and participants will see beautiful walls along the course honoring each of the 17 victims.
Mair said, a lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into planning the event, which has already brought in $16,000.
“I’m really looking forward to it. This year, we’ve raised more money that we’re able to give back to our veterans and first responders,” he said.
Although challenging, this obstacle course was designed for all skill levels.
Participants are encouraged to come dressed in American-themed outfits. Multiple awards will be given to the overall winners in each category, as well as other spirited awards, like best costume and biggest team.
The Parkland Equestrian Center is located at 8350 Ranch Road. For more information, visit www.soldierrush.com.
- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked on the public relations side as well as the television side of marketing for NBC Universal. A true Floridian, Fox grew up in Ormond Beach and now resides in Parkland with her husband, Brian and their two children, Madden, 10 and Randi, 7.