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The Lismore Samson Fitness Challenge starts on Saturday morning at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah. Photo supplied.

The Lismore Samson Fitness Challenge kicks off tonight in Lismore with the express aim of raising much needed funds for the Our Kids charity.

The Our Kids charity works to raise money to purchase paediatric equipment for the Children’s Ward and Special Care Nursery at Lismore Base Hospital. They also contribute to other local hospitals including Tweed and Grafton, so kids can receive specialist medical care locally.

This year the Samson has three events; The Samson, Samson Kids and Samson Solo.

Samson solo

Samson solo, that will be run tonight, 5 March, starting at 6pm is an individual event that will see individual competitors pit themselves against each other. The Samson Solo will consist of heats, with the winners going through to the evening’s main event, the Grand Final, to decide the ultimate winner.

The Lismore Samson Fitness Challenge kicks off tonight in Lismore. Photo supplied.

The Samson

The Samson Fitness Challenge, which starts on Saturday morning at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah, is a team event, where four people in each team will complete 11 gruelling challenges including strength activities, running, swimming and an outdoor obstacle course. The fittest team will take home the Samson Title!

Over 130 Teams will have a staggered start from 6.45am tomorrow, with teams coming from as far as Armidale and South East Queensland to compete.

Samson Kids

Samson Kids will also be running on Saturday to help get children interested in fitness and have a great time while the adults are doing the main event. Held at Hepburn Park, Samson Kids will have their own separate course sponsored by Conlon Earthmoving Bros from 9am–12.30pm.

‘We are so excited just to be able to host this annual competition,’ said Rebekka Battista, Our Kids Fundraising Coordinator.

‘We have made a few changes to ensure the Samson is COVID safe for all, and we have kept in the old favourites like the prowler for competitors to conquer.

‘Everyone is welcome to come along and cheer the teams on, however we ask as you enter the oval the you register with the QR Code and practise social distancing.’

The Samson is aiming to raise over $20,000 to help purchase paediatric equipment to help kids stay local when needing medical care.

For more details, please visit www.lismoresamson.com. If you would like to donate to Our Kids via the Samson, head to www.lismoresamson.raisely.com

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