Spartan Race Fitness clinic challenges keiki from Boys and Girls Club

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Members of the Boys and Girls Club scaled walls, battled gladiators and pulled sandbags at a Spartan Race Fitness clinic held at the Spalding Clubhouse on Wednesday.

The event was hosted by organizers of the Spartan Race Hawaii, a physical fitness challenge that will occur later on this month.

"We want to be able to encourage children to continue to move, get off the couch, be part of the lifestyles that many of us grew up in say the 80's or 90's, before the xbox came along," certified Spartan Race trainer J.J. Blue said.

The goal of the workout was to encourage kids to develop a passion for fitness at an early age. Participants included elementary and middle school aged keiki.

"What I think it does for children is it makes them believe early on in life, if I can overcome this obstacle I can overcome any obstacle in life," Blue said. "It goes for everything that children are involved in. If they're worried about trying out for the varsity basketball team they can look back at things like this and know that they were challenged."

The Reebok Spartan Race Sprint—a high intensity obstacle course challenge –will take place on Saturday, March 23 at Aloha Stadium.

Race officials say they are expecting more than 1,000 race participants from around the world.

"It's going to be the fifth stadium race so it's going to be pretty awesome," Blue said.  "Ziplines, festivities, food, everything."

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