See part one here.
Chase Point #6: Knock Out
“Like Rocky Balboa or Mohammed Ali, you’ll train with the best and be the best you can be. At The Boxing Loft you’ll prepare for the ring, start moving fast when you hear the bell ding.”
Now it was time to get really physical. We had to complete 5 stations for 30-60 seconds each. Bicycle crunches, push-ups, jumping rope, burpees, jabs with weights and pounding the heavy bag. Holy crap, it was exhausting.
Chase Point #7: Urban Design
“This time your test is one of urban design, with creativity and patience you will do just fine.”
We accidentally stumbled upon this challenge when we saw a bunch of chasers exiting a building. Inside we had to draw a card with the name of an urban structure, then use recycled materials to re-create it as a model. We got The Panthenon.
I think we did alright!
Chase Point #8: 8 Legs or None
“The flip of a coin will determine your fate, but don’t show up before 11am or you’ll have to wait. At the same square where you started your day, we have a few friends who can’t wait to play.”
So, we each flipped a coin. All three of my friends got the snake.
And I got the spider.
I had to lay there with this thing on my face for the longest 30 seconds EVER. *shudder*
Chase Point #9: Up The Creek
“On the east side of Rees Street Slip, you’ll navigate your boat and try not to slip.”
We headed back down to the lake where we navigated around a set of buoys in two kayaks attached together.
We got caught in a downpour out there, but it really didn’t matter at that point. [We completed this challenge last year, only we had individual kayaks and no paddles!]
Chase Point #10: Step It Up
“Near Union go to the Goodlife facility, for a test of strength, endurance and even agility.”
On the way to Goodlife Fitness we ran into a bridal party shooting photos and the bride agreed to pose for a photo with us. Her professional photographer grabbed a shot too!
When we got to the gym, we had to choose a chocolate bar from a pile. We were then informed that we would have to burn the number of calories in that bar between us. Patricia and I chose the creamy milk chocolate – 280 calories! We could choose any machine we wanted, so we jumped on the treadmills, cranked up the speed and incline and got it done. Here’s Patricia finishing up:
After collecting our 10th Chase Point, the 4 of us ran back to Metro Hall where we had started our day and crossed the finish line together. They even held up the finishing tape for us [hopefully they captured this in the official pics]. What a day!
Here we are soaking wet and exhausted, but already talking about next year!
I highly recommend this experience if you ever have the opportunity. It is by far one of the craziest and most fun events you will ever complete. The City Chase takes place all over Canada, the U.S. and even the world, so check it out!
My upper body is feeling a lot better today, but I’m taking a much needed day off! Starting tomorrow I have some serious mileage to cover over the next 4 days so I can slack off when we go camping this weekend. I’m treating it as a recovery week, but I should still be running about 45K. We’ll see how it goes!