Rousing obstacles found on the Adrenaline Trail

Sarnia’s Kathy Ure gets a giant zorb ball rolling at the Huron House Boys Home, in preparation for the Adrenaline Trail event taking place June 21. The zorb is a double-sectioned sphere that’s like a human-sized hamster ball. Glenn Ogilvie

Jack Poirier

Picture yourself in a crazy contraption with an even zanier name, rolling along like a hamster in a wheel.

It may be one of the strangest, yet most exciting experiences you’ll ever have.

That is zorbing. And it is just one of 10 rousing obstacles to test your strength and fitness for the upcoming Adrenaline Trail event, hosted by Huron House Boy’s Home.

The zorb ball is the big visual attraction for Adrenaline Trail, taking place on Sunday, June 21, at Mike Weir Park. It is a new addition to the agency’s annual Father’s Day Run/Walk/Skate/Bike.

Event organizer Kathy Ure is no stranger to fitness and competition, as a former national boxing gold medalist, who has also completed marathons and climbed basecamp at Mount Everest.

Ure says the obstacle challenge she designed engages teams of four, racing for their best time as they rotate through a series of creative and challenging obstacles.

The course is tough, but anyone with determination and a basic level of fitness will be able to successfully complete it. It’s similar to other courses she has designed for other events.

“People were asking me to do another one. It’s a lot of work but a lot of fun. And fitness is supposed to be fun,” she said, moments after jumping into the zorb ball for a spin.

The event features a total of 10 stations, including a culvert crawl, rope climb, haystack challenge and others to test agility and fitness.

Sharon Crowe, Events Coordinator/Fundraiser for the Huron House, said she approached Ure about helping with the event as the agency wanted to take on a new event for the city.

“We wanted to really do something unique and fun,” Crowe said.

Only 20 teams will be accepted for the Adrenaline Trail, so people are encouraged to register quickly. Cost is $100 per team, with participants expected to raise additional monies for the Boys’ Home through pledges and sponsorships.

Prizes are awarded for best team time, highest team fundraising, and team spirit. Entry also includes a free breakfast.

To register, visit www.adrenalinetrail.ca, or contact Kathy Ure at urekathy@hotmail.com, 519-330-7181 or Sharon Crowe at scrowe@hhbh.ca, 519-869-4000

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Adrenaline Trail obstacle course

WHO: Huron House Boys’ Home

WHERE: Mike Weir Park

WHEN: Sunday, June 21