Werneth Obstacle Event Benefits Toys-for-Tots
By Florida Tech // December 31, 2012
SPORTS & FITNESS
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – More than 30 enthusiastic athletes responded to Wyatt Werneth’s challenge to raise money for Toys-for-Tots while testing their fitness on the Florida Tech military training obstacle course.
“People are more and more recognizing how much fun these courses can be and they want to get out here and test themselves which is what it’s all about,” said Werneth. “Plus it was for a good cause.”
Obstacle courses and obstacle course racing are now the biggest craze in fitness training and adventure sports as more than 1.5 million people competed in events in the U.S. in 2012 – an increase of 300 percent since 2009.
Werneth, who developed a passion for course training during his military service, said the events are based on soldier combat training, and that obstacle courses offer a wide variety of different challenges to fitness enthusiasts and athletes, many of whom have grown tired of the traditional variety of gym training.
“Obstacle course training gives you a variety that you’re not going to get in a gym,” said Werneth. “Training can be about teamwork too, working together getting everyone through.”
The F.I.T. facility has over 20 different obstacles. The proceeding was organized into a number of different events for men, women and children all of whom ran the course a variety of times.
“When Wyatt invited me to this event, I couldn’t wait to come,” said participant Bill Carter. “I’d come every week if I could, it is a load of fun. I brought my wife and daughter and they both ran the course and loved it. It’s something that you can get better and better at doing.”
Tactical Human Obstacle Readiness
Werneth is an accomplished athlete and dedicated to the fitness sport. He currently holds the Guinness world record for paddle boarding which he set in 2007 when he paddled 375 miles from Miami to Jacksonville Florida.
“I always loved obstacle course training,” said Werneth.
“Getting access to these courses is not easy though – most are government-owned and for the military only. Florida Tech was gracious enough to open this for the charity but it is not always available. That’s why I’m building an obstacle course training facility, to provide access to obstacle course training for those that want to train this way.
“It will be called the THOR training facility which stands for Tactical Human Obstacle Readiness and I’m hand-selecting all of my favorite obstacles, the ones that give the most bang-for-the-buck,” said Werneth.
The THOR training facility will be located off of Eau Gallie Boulevard behind the Super Flea Market off of I-95, and is scheduled to open next spring.