Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 30, 2014

Up to the challenge

Fitness enthusiasts sweat it out for wounded veterans

About 45 competitors put their mettle to the test last Friday for the second annual Town-wide Troop Challenge sponsored by Yang’s Fitness & Wellness Center in Dundee Park.

The event raised about $1,600 for the Homes for Our Troops initiative. This year’s proceeds will support the construction of a new home for injured veteran Army Sgt. Matt Dewitt of Concord, N.H.

Close to 100 people turned out to watch the various timed military strength and fitness events.

Yang’s Shaolin/Kung Fu Team won the team competition, with Yang’s Fitness Instructor Team finishing second and Lawtown Mudders coming in third.

The male and female winners in the individual categories were:

Jump Rope (two minutes): Jamey Lachiana, 373; Susan Lucy, 303

Push-ups (two minutes): Chris Fazio, 113; Danielle Benson, 110

Abdominal In & Outs (two minutes): Chuck Hanes, 158; Danielle Benson, 170

Backpack Treadmill Climb (45-pound pack, five minutes, treadmill incline 10: Alex Gamble, .55 mile; Ana Avellan, .50 mile

Pull-ups/Dead Hang (two minutes): Wilson Man, 29 pull-ups; Paula Perry, 1.48 dead hang

Wall Sit (last person sitting): Marko Duffy, Denise Dionne

The annual Run For The Troops 5K in Andover, also to benefit Homes for Our Troops, is set for Sunday, April 6. For more information or to register, visit For more on Homes for Our Troops, visit

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