An obstacle course race March 21 in Tucson benefits the Beat Cancer Boot Camp.

The first Beat Cancer Boot Camp Challenge begins at 7:30 a.m. that Saturday at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 E. River Road.

Participants compete in a 5K obstacle course along the Rillito River dirt trail and the adjacent wash. The course will include “challenges for all fitness levels,” including youth ages 12 and up, and will be designed by “a who’s who of local safety and armed services organizations,” among them representatives of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the U.S. Army and Marines, fire and police departments.

Former Navy Seal Stew Smith leads the morning warm-up. Smith, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, has trained thousands of military and enforcement professionals.

Tucsonan Bernard Lagat, an Olympic silver and bronze medalist, Abdi Abdirahaman, a U.S. record holder, and other local celebrity athletes are expected to participate.

The Beat Cancer Boot Camp exercise program is designed to give individuals “the power to fight and win the battle against cancer,” a release said. While the program was designed for cancer patients, family and friends are encouraged to participate to get “the benefits of a military style workout program.”

Individuals or squads of five can compete. This is a timed event, with prizes.

Entry fees are $30 for an individual and $140 for a squad. People may register at: www.beatcancerbootcamp.com or call 546-1601 for more details.

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