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Super Fitness Weight Loss Challenge participants take on the gridiron challenge at University of Toledo

Super Fitness Weight Loss Challenge contestants gave it their all in a football-themed challenge on the home turf of the MAC champions.

TOLEDO, Ohio — The latest Super Fitness Weight Loss Challenge event took place Saturday at the Fetterman Training Center, the home turf of the University of Toledo Rockets.

Super Fitness Trainers came up with a grueling obstacle course taken from some of the football team's practice drills. 

“We call it the Rockets gridiron challenge because they will work out just like our Mac champions," said Brent Hemelgarn, Super Fitness manager.

More than 60 challengers stepped up to take on the obstacle course.

Darrell Blausey, the reigning Super Fitness Weight Loss Challenge champ, said he hoped this year's participants had been doing their cardio workouts to prepare.

“This will be one of our toughest challenges so far,” he said.

Challenge participants raced while carrying football dummy pads, pushed a sled, ran with footballs and even took some throws as they made their way through the obstacle course.

“I thought it was really fun to be a football player for a day," said the oldest challenger in the competition the season, 76-year-old Rene Curlee.

University of Toledo running back Micah Kelly let host Kelly Heidbreder borrow his jersey for the competition. 

“I was really proud to flash Micah Kelly’s numbers throughout our challenge," she said. "We are really proud of our challengers, and our Toledo Rockets.”

Credit: Kelly Heidbreder

When this challenge started in October, Heidbreder told the challengers they would be pushed harder than they’ve ever been pushed before. 

“And here they are, running on the same turf as our Toledo Rockets," Heidbreder said Saturday. "For some, this is the first time they’ve sprinted 10 or 20 yards. For others it’s the first time they’ve even throw in a football."

Look for the next challenge Feb. 4 at Urban Air in Toledo.

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