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Adventure race to visit Bryce Resort

By Tommy Keeler Jr. - tkeeler@nvdaily.com

For the first time ever, the Civilian Military Combine is coming to Virginia, and even more importantly it's coming to Bryce Resort.

The resort is hosting the combine today starting at 9 a.m. The combine is a unique adventure race. It's a 5-mile run as well as a competition in "The PIT," which is the size of a football field and has different stations of different strength tests.

Race day structure consists of events in "The PIT" followed by a 5-mile mountain race with strategically placed military obstacles. Some of the exercise elements of "The PIT" include barbell thrusters, burpee, box jump and kettlebell swing.

After participants finish in "The PIT," they will then have over 15 more obstacles to overcome as they do the 5-mile run. Obstacles include hurdles, sandbag carry, river high crawl and ladder walls.

Participants can enter as a three-person team or individually. Awards will be presented to the top three teams, for male, female and co-ed and for the top three male and females overall.

Participants can register up until 9 a.m. today, and cost is $140.

CMC is partnered with famous U.S. Navy Seal Stew Smith, and there will be many current military, former military and department of defense staff expected to run in the race, including FBI agents.

According to Carrie Kelly, President of Spin Marketing and publicist for CMC, more than 1,000 people are expected to race in the event, coming in from 17 states.

Kelly said in an email interview that CMC felt like "Virginia is the embodiment of CMC. They wanted to bring it to the demographic that would enjoy having the event there."

When looking at places to have it in Virginia, Bryce Resort was a perfect fit.

"Bryce Resort has the perfect landscape and terrain for our event," Kelly said. "It has Bryce Mountain, huge airfield, river running through the property and Lake Laura for our water elements.

"Extremely hard to find a place with all the elements we needed. Also the Bryce Resort staff and community is fantastic. Many of the volunteers for the event live on the mountain and/or vacation there."

CMC is also connected with two military-related charities. The first is Heroes for Tomorrow, which is run by Smith. It is an organization where he trains soldiers to enter special forces. CMC also give proceeds to Operation Homefront as well, which is an organization that helps provide financial aid, builds or repairs homes, new furniture or anything needed for families of fallen or wounded warriors. CMC is also partnered with Lance Armstrong and Livestrong.

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