LEWISTON — The Geiger Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization announces the 2017 Tough Gator Challenge, an obstacle course and mud run for Lewiston-area elementary school children.
The rain-or-shine event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday, June 3, at Geiger Elementary School on College Street in Lewiston. Participants will start in waves every 15 minutes.
Tough Mudder veterans Mike Courtemanche and Chip Groover founded the event to share their love of a muddy challenge with their children at Geiger. Now in its fourth year, the Tough Gator Challenge draws almost 700 participants from the area.
“Every year, we try to mix things up a bit,” Groover said. “This year, third-grader Lucy Huggett won our first obstacle design contest. I love seeing families challenging themselves … and dressing up for the occasion.”
The focus of the event is on being active, using teamwork, getting muddy and having fun. While the course will be designed for elementary-aged participants, parents are welcome and encouraged to register and run alongside their kids. All youth finishers will receive a T-shirt and the honorary title of “Tough Gator.”
The cost to register is $8 per person before May 27, and $10 per person on the day of the event. The day will include concessions, music and commentary provided by Ernie Gagne, as well as the ever-popular dunk tank. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Geiger Elementary School PTO, which supports enrichment and community-building opportunities for Geiger students.
FMI: www.toughgatorchallenge.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cecilia Miller, left, and Capella Russo jump into the mud pit of the 2016 Tough Gator Challenge.
Marc Tremblay and daughters, from left, Luci, Chloe and Alyssa, get muddy at the Geiger Elementary Tough Gator Challenge 2016.