Friday, May 9, 2014

5/31: PRE-GAMES Exhibition!
FREE to enter - come and try out the new Ultimate Athlete Games obstacles!
Win your height in Oskar Blues beer!


Take on obstacles including:
  • Parallel bar Bear Crawl
  • Core-Crunch traverse
  • Monkey Poles
  • Slanted Wall Muscle Up
  • Speed Crawl
  • Jump n Cling Wall
  • High Body Hurdle
  • Backwards Balance Beam
  • Speed Ladder
  • ....and MORE!!!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SHAPE Diva Dash comes to the aid of flood-ravaged Lyons, CO


Diva Dash women’s obstacle run comes to aid flood-ravaged Lyons, CO

Event proceeds will support rebuilding parks and trails, as women take on an exciting and empowering adventure through the community

Lyons, CO – March 11, 2012 - When the SHAPE Diva Dash women’s obstacle run returns to Lyons on May 10, ‘The community will be ready for the excitement of it’s first big event after the flood,“ says Dave Cosgrove, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Events for the Town of Lyons.  We are very ready to move forward with the rebuilding of our community”

Lyons is a small town you may know for its trails, beer, and festivals.  You also probably heard about the 500-year flood that took place last September. “We were decimated by the flood and although we’re making progress, there is still a considerable way to go. We are very happy to be working with an event that will bring donations, people, and smiles to our community. “

Organizers of the SHAPE Diva Dash, one of the biggest women’s obstacle run series in the country, are based in Boulder CO. ‘This is our hometown event and Lyons is like our backyard playground.” , said Diva Dash founder, Josh Kravetz. We want to do everything we can to help Lyons recover and restore the parks and trails that  Boulder County loves so much.” The Adventure Fit crew that produces the event has reconfigured the course  from last year and found creative solutions to avoid areas damaged by the flooding. They created a 3-mile loop with space for 12+ obstacles. The school and residential communities were supportive of the event and willing to collaborate with Adventure Fit to create a great route.

Cosgrove believes that the Diva Dash’s return to Lyons raises awareness that “Lyons still has huge needs. The Parks and Recreation Department lost all of its equipment when its building was washed away.  “ We were hit harder than other communities, and now we have fewer resources to deal with our recovery.” Lyons Parks and Recreation   will directly benefit from proceeds generated from the event. The Lyons Communtiy Foundation and Lyons Volunteers will be staffing  booths with  information about projects that have been completed and those that are forthcoming giving participants and spectators the opportunity to donate to several other worthy causes still needing funding in Lyons or  a chance to sign up to receive update emails or get involved with future flood rehabilitation.   

Thousands of women are expected to participate in the SHAPE Diva Dash obstacle run. The event consists of a 5K trail run filled with many fun and adventurous obstacles like an oversized teeter totter, Fireman Pole slide, and Rock Climb walls. Following the run is an after party sponsored by SHAPE Magazine and other partners including Oskar Blues Brewery, which will be the official beer sponsor. Chad Melis, of Oskar Blues is happy to help. ”Lyons is a town that is known for our festivals and fun times. The SHAPE Diva Dash coming to Lyons means that we are ready to get this party started again!”


About Lyons and its Parks:
The Town of Lyons has been devastated. In the early morning hours of September 12th, 2013, following several days of record rainfall totaling an astonishing 17 inches rain, the North and South St. Vrain Creeks, the confluence of which occurs in Bohn Park in Lyons, flooded their banks. Stream flows within the Town of Lyons crested above 19,500 CFS easily surpassing the previous record set in 1941. This is incredible considering typical stream flows for the St. Vrain average 67 CFS (USGS Data) for the month of September. With roads and bridges washed out or under water, the 2,050 residents of the Town of Lyons were cut off from the world and isolated on six different ‘islands’. The entire Town of Lyons began evacuation on September 13th, 2013 with the assistance of the National Guard. Every household and business was impacted as a result of flood waters, heavy rain, and/or destruction of infrastructure. All services including roads, bridges, access, water distribution, sewer collection, gas, electric, telephone, cell phones, cable, internet, gas stations, groceries, businesses, fire protection, law enforcement, bus service and ambulance were all simultaneously unavailable for a period of time-ranging from six to twelve weeks depending on the extent of the damage and ability to get services back online.

Lyons has been damaged beyond what it can afford. It is estimated that Lyons has sustained damages totaling nearly $50 million, including $5 million in temporary measures and $45 million in permanent work, which does not include insured public buildings or restoring the stream channel. This is staggering for a community that typically operates on less than a $1 million a year budget.

Lyons parks system was absolutely decimated. Nearly all community parks and facilities were affected in some way. It is estimated that of the 80 acres of developed/in-development community parkland, 39 acres were severely impacted. Unfortunately, the 39 acres impacted housed most of Lyons major park facilities. To date pre-flood damages to Lyons Parks and facilities is estimated at approximately $16Million. The following is a synopsis of park damages:

·       Of our nearly 5 miles of trails, only 1.2 miles have been unaffected by the flood. Most trails are completely gone or are inaccessible. This includes the destruction of Lyons main arterial trail, the St. Vrain Corridor Trail which served as Lyons major source of connectivity to neighborhoods, schools, parks, businesses and even Boulder County’s Picture Rock Trail in Heil Valley Ranch Open Space, Hall Ranch and other future regional connections.
·       Infrastructure to parks has been washed away; water, sewer, gas and electric will all have to be replaced to nearly all park facilities.
·       Athletic fields are buried under feet of cobble and debris. Irrigation provided to 5 of Lyons 6 athletic fields and most other irrigated portions of park areas is either gone or no longer functional.
·       Shelter facilities have been washed away and/or were flooded and no longer useable, including a historic WPA shelter located in Meadow Park.
·       Additional park features that are damaged or lost to flood damage include, among others: 14 whitewater features, 2 ponds, 2 pedestrian bridges, volleyball court/ice rink, batting cage, dog park river access, several parking lots, tent and RV camping facilities, picnic areas, 2 playgrounds, community garden, sheds and storage facilities, numerous benches, bleachers, signage and other park amenities that are associated with these park facilities.

FEMA and insurance will not make the Town whole again-we need your help!  Staff is working diligently on grants, in-kind donations and various other funding efforts available to us, but additional aid is still drastically needed.  Please help us to restore Lyons parks and make Lyons a recreation destination once again.  Help us reconstruct Lyons parks bigger and better and continue to offer quality parks and services to the residents and visitors of Lyons.  Thanks for your support!   

About Adventure Fit :  At Adventure Fit Inc, we live for fun outdoor adventures. Our passion shows in our work through every event, team, and experience we create. Founded on the slogan “Come out and Play!”, Adventure Fit has produced some of the country’s most popular participatory sporting events. Our events are not only fun and unique, they also have a deeper goal: to open the eyes of our participants to a world of greater social and environmental responsibility. We partner exclusively with companies that have sustainable business practices and give back to non-profits around the country.
About SHAPE:  SHAPE, the flagship brand of American Media, Inc.’s Women’s Active Lifestyle Group, reaches 6.2 million active readers and is number one in circulation, ad pages and 13 worldwide editions. SHAPE connects with women throughout their daily lives with its innovative brand extensions, including online, email, mobile efforts and award-winning consumer events.
For 30 years, SHAPE has been the "how to look and feel amazing" resource of active, confident women everywhere. We help our readers achieve balance in all areas of their life by providing trusted wellness information, sophisticated style editorial and steps for positive change in every issue and monthly on SHAPE.com.  We not only inspire women to set life-improving goals, but also provide the tools necessary to reach them.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

An inspiring story

We received the following message from Donna Loring Thayer, a participant at last year's Boston Diva Dash. It was her first event and it had a big impact on her. Here is what she had to say:

"Dear Diva Dash,
Last year at your "Boston" (Marshfield) location I participated in the DIva Dash. Not only was it my first ever race but it was also my 51st birthday. I started training months before by setting a goal of running for just one minute straight and then eventually made it up to running just under three miles. I struggled a bit the day of the Diva Dash but I finished and had such an amazing sense of pride. I am again registered for the Diva Dash in Marshfield this September. My experience with the fun and positive atmosphere of your event encouraged me to continue and I can now run for an hour straight and have participated in a few 5Ks.
I just wanted to thank you for a great event and to encourage you to post pictures of all kinds of women- older and younger, so that people like me can continue to feel inspired that they too can do this. Thank you!"


Thank YOU Donna! This is why we (Adventure Fit Inc) do what we do. We love to create fun, active experiences, that truly change lives. We're so happy that we were able to make you happy! Congrats to you Donna!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Adventure Fit Inc is hiring for 2014!


Adventure Fit Inc is hiring for 2014!

Course Manager Job Role and Expectations:

Role overview: The Adventure Fit Course Manager is responsible for developing event courses, developing obstacles, transportation and maintenance of obstacles, and communicating efficiently with partners in order to ensure a professional course.

Key Responsibilities:
·      Concepting obstacles based on Adventure Fit event objectives
·      Building/sourcing obstacles for each event
·      Testing and maintaining obstacles and vehicles following and prior to each event
·      Working with Event Managers to incorporate necessary elements of sponsorships into the course/obstacles
·      Developing excel spreadsheet of all necessary materials to pack for each event related to course
·      Packing truck / trailer using list developed – working specifically with Event Managers to double check necessary items
·      Communicating with local event partners and hired services for event course / obstacle set up
·      Driving event equipment to and from each event (1-ton pick up and 27’ trailer)
·      Set up and break down of obstacle course
·      Management of independent contractors and volunteers brought on for events.

Expectations and Deliverables:
·      One-on-one meeting with Adventure Fit Management every 3 months to review responsibilities and level of completion
·      Delivering Course description 1 month prior to each event production including map and locations of obstacles/checkpoints
·      Ability to travel up to two weeks out of the month during event season
·      Ability to deliver results not excuses

Required Skill Set:
·      Creative Thinker
·      Independent Worker
·      Self-Motivated
·      Deadline Oriented
·      Strong Communication skills
·      Proficiency with MS Office, Google maps, and Google Docs
·      Clean driving record

Desired Skill Set:
·      Construction / carpentry experience
·      Experience working and participating in athletic events
·      Experience managing a team
·      4 year college degree in event planning / marketing

Friday, March 8, 2013

On the Road with the Diva Dash

We started in Colorado. Packed and ready to go with 12,000 pounds of obstacles, merchandise, equipment and race gear.


Leaving Colorado...
 


My Goodness Kansas is long.
But there's a lot of information on the highway...


Still in Kansas.


We made a few stops along the way...

A few beers.


Got in a little mountain biking in central Missouri.


More beers.


Lunch on the road...


Bored enough to take a self portrait.

 
Then rolled into Atlanta on Monday.
 
 
Followed by a week of set up, rain, more rain, 4 hours to take down, did I mention rain and 3 days travel back through a snowstorm.
 
Through it all a great event. The 1000+ ladies who ran the Atlanta Event were smiling the whole way. It always amazes me how cheerful and excited they are to be out running and challenging themselves on the 3 mile course.
 
 


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Top Secret: New Diva Dash Obstacle #2

Behind the scenes of the Diva Dash. More obstacle construction.

Code Name: Reach for the Sky


21 feet long.


14 feet wide.


Foot rails on the left side of obstacle.

 
2 specific lanes that will acommodate over 10 racers.
 
 
 
The concept: Racers approach the obstacle and choose either the left or right lane. Racers then use the step provided and use the hand rails overhead and swing their way to the end of the obstacle. Racers who prefer, may use the left side of the obstacle that contains foot rungs that will aid in the process.
 
 


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Top Secret: New Diva Dash Obstacle #1


Another look behind the scenes of the Diva Dash.
Secret photos of the construction of an obstacle.

Code Name: Shopping Cart Corrall


18 feet long.


3 feet high.


6 lanes of racers.


Maximum Capacity: over 24 racers.



The concept:
Racers approach the "Swinging Steps" and choose one of 6 lanes. Using the handrails, racers step onto the flexible step and swing to the next flexible step and advance down the lane.