Iron Eagle Challenge

Courtney Wilkins, a CRI employee gave some insight to her rigorous training involved with the Iron Eagle Challenge:

At first I was a bit skeptical about competing in the Iron Eagle Challenge because I can sometimes become really competitive. However, I have decided to do the race with my roommate, Alicia Bennett, a group fit instructor for CRI. As we complete our applications, we found ourselves torn between team names. The top two picks are “GetchaSum and CremeNGreen.” GetchaSum is just a catchy phrase we use after we have accomplished something big like Aced a tough test or asked out by a hot guy. CrèmeNGreen is simply both of our favorite colors put together, but you have to come to the race to see what we decide.

In preparation for the challenge we have changed our eating habits some, workout and run frequently and of course we ask each other frequently “Is it that time of the month yet?” LOL we have been strategizing and so far we came up with two ideas: Bribe the Southern Adventures Staff or practice fear factor and Amazing race Challenges. After countless hours trying to bribe and plead with the Southern Adventures staff for race information, they would not budge. I even gave them a whole pack of freeze pops and what did I get in return, an Iron Eagle Trip Packet that I searched drastically for clues, answers, hints or any of the sort and there were none.

The race is a big adventure and includes: cycling, running, walking, canoeing and many mystery challenges along the way. Total distance of the race is said to be about 5 miles and thankfully there are race divisions, including male, female and co-rec. I don’t have my own bike or helmet but the Southern Adventures staff provides rentals for both which is great!

My goal for the race is of course to win in the Women’s division. 5 miles is a pretty far distance. In preparing for the race, by the time I reached mile 3 on the spin bike, I needed an oxygen mask, chest compressions and had a really weird craving for Chinese food. Weird ,I know. But overall I really feel that this challenge has made me work out more as well as eat healthier. Participating and preparing with my roomie has had a positive impact on our “roomateship” and has allowed us to spend more time together and get to know each other even more. We are definitely looking forward to competing!!

Sign ups for the Iron Eagle Challenge Ends today and the event takes place on October 29th! For more information, please visit the CRI website ( or the Southern Adventures Center at the RAC!

For those who are racing, what do you do to prepare for an Adventure Race? Any Suggestions or Techniques??




On Sunday, November 7 from 6 p.m. -9 p.m., CRI is hosting Sunday Funday! Don’t know what Sunday Funday is?

Well, remember sharks and minnows? How about marco polo? Or racing from one side of the pool to the other? Basically, all those nostalgic games you played as a child in the pool? Well, Sunday Funday is your chance to relive all those childhood memories! It is a night created especially for your inner child- a night for you to just jump in the pool, act silly, and experience some old fashioned childhood fun.

In the spirit of Sunday Funday, CRI held a Cannon Ball Contest to get people pumped up for the games. As you can see, the contest didn’t go as swimmingly as we planned … Check it out!

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Livin’ Green- But What Does it Mean?

As many of you know, this past month was home to CRI’s LivinGreen Challenge, where students made a pledge to live environmentally conscious for either 10, 20, or 30 full days. Their motives were one in the same- to prove to themselves that they can reduce their carbon footprint and do right by our planet.

The goal of LivinGreen was to show participants how their behaviors were negatively affecting our environment and offer alternative ways to live that will begin to reverse those negativities. So on the agenda for these participants was a full month of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Some carpooled, rode bikes, began using reusable bags and water bottles, bought BRITA filters, and even planted their own gardens as a way to replenish the earth.

Now that the challenge is over, I am left thinking, “What did it mean?”

>Yes, the challenge helped reduce Georgia Southern’s footprint on the environment, but it is the lessons learned by participants that is the real benefit. The challenge instilled a lifetime of livin’ green habits that will hopefully trickle down from student to student. It served as a stepping stone for students to begin taking the green habits they acquired during the challenge and integrate them into their lifestyle.

The challenge also meant a call for students to think about how their actions are effecting the environment. “Do I really need to drive there, or is it close enough to walk?” or “Should I throw away this plastic bottle, or take the effort to either reuse it or walk it to the recycling bin?” are the types of questions we need to ask ourselves every day.

Now even if you did not participate in the LivinGreen Challenge, I encourage all of you to create a personal challenge against yourself to live green. Maybe you will challenge yourself to walk to campus instead of driving. Or maybe the challenge will be to buy a BRITA filter instead of a 24-pack of Deer Spring on your next Wal-Mart trip. Or maybe you’ll challenge yourself to join a student organization devoted to our earth, such as SAGE or Keep Bulloch Beautiful.

However you choose to challenge yourself, just remember that even one small change will help. And even if we ponder what this LivinGreen Challenge meant, more importantly we need to think about what the environment means to us and how to protect it.

Before I sign off, I would just like to congratulate Jenn Velie, Rashidat Amanda Bakar, and Chris Megler for winning the LivinGreen Challenge this year. Jenn won a LivinGreen home package, Rashidat won a kindle, and Chris won a bike!

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