The County Executive Brick 26 Challenge is moving to a new venue for its second year, Cedar Creek Park in Wantagh, NY, will take place on October 19, 2013, and will feature some new challenges.
The 5K Journey will take brick-carrying participants through several "bootcamps" where they will be challenged by drill sergents, and motivated by sheer will to get to the finish line. Those bricks that you are carrying will later be used in the building of monuments honoring all those who serve.
Outside of being a number that represents infinity, we honestly thought our first event would be a marathon. As our event morphed through County meetings, consultations with our Race Director, and Board input, we settled on an approximately 10K route through Eisenhower park. But we believe in sticking to our roots, and we have found, over and over again, that 26 works for us. 5 five lbs. bricks (25lbs) wrapped in a towel and duct taped (to reduce jostling) in a backpack comes in at 26lbs, the weight to be carried by our toughest competitive wave.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF COMPETITION?
We recognize that there are athletes (or not) at every level and our primary goal is to offer something for everyone. The course is approximately 5K, to be looped twice by some. This is an endurance race, not a sanctioned 5 or 10K event. Besides, what is the point of trying to best your 5 or 10K record when you are carrying a brick on your back and wandering through boot camp stations. So here are your event categories:
Brick 26 Competitive Division
5K Boot Camper
5K Straight Run
1 Mile Honor Walk
BRICK 26 COMPETITIVE DIVISION Each participant in this wave will be carrying 5 bricks (26lbs) in a backpack throughout a 5K+ (TBD) course. Along the way, you will be challenged by up to 7 bootcamps, each operated by military personnel. Each bootcamp will have 1 to 2 challenges that could include, but will not be limited to: pushups, bucket curls, crawling 100yds under barbed wire, shuttle sprints, etc... most with your backpack on. We will be using chip technology, and will have a start and finish time for the top 3 competitors in each age division. Do you have what it takes to become the Brick 26 champion? [Register Now]
5K BOOTCAMPER DIVISION
Participants in this category will complete the same course as the competitive wave, but may carry only 1 brick in their backpack. This is still a rigorous event that promises to leave you exhausted, yet accomplished-- all for a great cause. As a boot camper participant, it is you vs yourself or your friends to see how far you can get. Bootcamper division is timed. [Register Now]
5K STRAIGHT RUN
The 5K Straight run takes participants along the same race course as the other divisions without the bricks or the boot camps. This unique, Cedar Creek Park course, designed exclusively for the Brick 26 Challenge, features some hills and some turns and is sure to challenge anyone looking to compete in a challenging 5K race. The course will be USATF sanctioned and electronically timed. [Register Now]
HONOR WALK The honor walk takes each particpant on a one-mile, peaceful journey in celebration of those who serve. You can carry the brick in your hand, put it in a knapsak/backpack. Strollers are welcome to be part of our honor walk. [Register Now]