The Andover Townsman
---- — 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 www.runforthetroops5k.com. For more on Homes for Our Troops, visit www.HomesForOurTroops.com.