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Streetsboro Tough Towner

Streetsboro – The City of Streetsboro hosted the Tough Towner competition on Saturday, April 20th. The four-mile course’s starting and finish lines were at Streetsboro City Park and included a section through school grounds. According to Matt Campana, owner of Corporate Motivation, which is the company that brought the race to Streetsboro, 191 competitors braved Saturday’s chilly temperatures to complete the course, including a mud bog, a stream to run through and walls to climb over.

photo by Michael Braddock

photo by Michael Braddock

In light of recent events in Boston, Campana said the focus now is on community. “When it first happened, it was like,’What the heck is this?’ But after a couple days have passed, you reinforce community,” Campana said. “It did reinforce the call to community, I think it really strengthened our cause, and we have a tribute to Boston.” This tribute was created by painting one of the obstacle walls green and emblazoning it with the Boston “B” to symbolize the Green Monster at Fenway Park.

Campana started organizing events such as this because he wanted to “inspire people to overcome their obstacles.” Further, according to The Tough Towner website, the courses have been designed to help people of various abilities to challenge themselves to greater heights.

The event consisted of two runs on the course, with the second being a “fun run” that children could participate in as well as the adults.

In addition to coordinating this challenge for local runners, Campana also arranged for this event to benefit Portage County Habitat for Humanity (HFH), so three dollars of each registration fee was donated to HFH and one additional dollar of the fee was returned to the city.

Heather Braddock is the reporter for the cities of Aurora and Streetsboro. She hails from Bedford, where she and her husband Michael (who is also her photographer) live. A Kent State University graduate of 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Adolescent and Young Adult education for Integrated Language Arts, Heather is a high school English, media studies and communication teacher at Akron Digital Academy. She is pursuing her Masters in English for Teachers with a focus on journalism.