Push your limits at the 8th Annual Xtreme Raider Challenge


Morgan Hillis, Moorpark College recreation major, runs up the stadium hill at Griffin Stadium on Monday, Dec. 2. Hillis competes on the Moorpark track squad. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

By Madina Safdari

The 8th Annual Xtreme Raider Challenge returns to Moorpark College on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m on the football practice field directly in front of Griffin Stadium, hosted by the Moorpark College Fitness Specialist program and the Fitness Learning eXperience Club [FLeX].

Moorpark College Fitness Specialist interns have organized the entire event and gained hands on experience in personal training. Interns participate in promoting health and fitness within the community.

Professional expert for the Fitness Specialist program Crystal Cassesse described the hard work that interns put towards arranging the event.

“There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that must get done in order to put on a large event like this. We’re talking 6 a.m. Friday meetings, online conference calls, traveling throughout Ventura County to local businesses, etc.,” Cassesse said.

Students, faculty and staff from all three Ventura County community colleges are encouraged to participate in the obstacle course race, which has been designed for all fitness levels. The course will consist of popular challenges from past events, such as flipping a tractor tire, running up and down the stadium steps, battle jacks, as well as a newly added inflatable obstacle course section with a slide.

Rain or shine, participants can expect a day full of accomplishment, and can interact with local vendors and sponsors in the expo area after finishing the race. Nearby gyms like Level 3 Performance, Anytime Fitness and Crunch Fitness are expected to attend, as well as a massage therapist offering free massages. A large goal for the event is to also obtain potential donors for the Be The Match National Bone Marrow Registry.

“We all know that as a commuter school, we can get stuck in the ‘class-study-work-home-repeat’ routine and [we] want to encourage people to get out and do something fun and meet some new people,” stated Cassesse.

Late registration for the Xtreme Raider Challenge ends Dec. 5 for $25 and day-of registration is $30. Discounted rates are also available for groups of three or more and for faculty, staff and veterans. For registration and more information email the FLeX Club or visit the event Facebook page.