Unite Fitness Decathlon Returns This Fall

Participants at last year's Unite Fitness Decathlon | Photo via Facebook/Unite Fitness

Participants at last year’s Unite Fitness Decathlon | Photo via Facebook/Unite Fitness

Philly cross-training studio Unite Fitness is bringing back its popular decathlon challenge for a third year, with the date set for October 11th. This summer, the studio is hosting several free training events (including one with us in August!) to help you get in shape.

The decathlon includes 10 boot camp-style fitness challenges and a trail run. Participants will complete the challenges in waves, with groups of 15 to 25 starting every 10 minutes. Those who sign up for the competitive waves will get official times and rankings (meaning, one of those people will actually “win”). Or you can sign up for an untimed completion wave, where your goal is just finish. Relay teams are also welcome if you’d rather do it with friends.

Whatever you choose, participants will face 10 challenges, including box jumps, suspension chest presses, bench dips and, everybody’s favorite (not), burpees. Once you make it through all 10, you’ll head out for a 5K trail run.

The event takes place behind Newtown’s Carousel Village shopping center in Bucks County. (Check out the course here.) After the race, there will be a party with music and fun, and beer and food for purchase.

Of course, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill road race, so it requires some special training. As I mentioned above, Unite Fitness is hosting several free training events this summer that are open to one and all. We’re getting in on the fun, by co-hosting a cross-training run with them on Tuesday, August 5th. These runs will set you running around the city like a madman (or woman!) and stopping at parks, greenspaces and landmarks to do some quick boot camp-style workouts. We ran with them last year and it was a blast, so I hope you’ll join us.

The cross-training runs are free and open to anyone, regardless of whether or not you’re participating in the decathlon. But if you’d like to sign up for the race, do so here.

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