CHALLENGEFit with Athletes For Adoption

Meet Loren Thompson Our

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Personal Bio

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My name is Loren Thompson and I’m excited I get to train with ChallengeFit! My experience at Get Fit began in January of 2014 after my wife told me about a group called Challenge Fit that was training for obstacle course races. Having done a few running and cycling events I was beginning to have some chronic injuries and I began looking for a sport that promoted a greater degree of core strength and functional fitness. The Spartan Race looked challenging and I really wanted to do one but it also looked intimidating and I didn’t know how to prepare for it. My first day at Challenge Fit I was welcomed to a great workout and an awesome group of people. Although the workout was tough it was geared so all fitness levels could participate and complete the workout. The trainers and all the regular Challenge Fit people were encouraging, they answered my questions and a while later helped me through my first Spartan Race. Now, like many other others, I’m hooked on obstacle course racing.
Through racing with Challenge Fit I’ve learned that obstacle course racing isn’t all about flexing muscles, being macho and wearing a Spartan Finisher shirt. I learned the Get Fit way of doing it was to encourage participation of those who were doubtful if they could do it. It was about teamwork and helping each other over the walls and carrying a heavy object for the person struggling. I learned that Challenge Fit is more about enrichment instead of being extreme.
Currently obstacle course racing is the fastest growing participant sport in the United States and many people are now blending their fitness and their social lifestyle. They appreciate participating in obstacle race events that promote teamwork over competition. I believe obstacle course racing is here to stay!

Personal Background

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Physical fitness is part of my daily living but having and maintaining a relationship with Jesus is the most important part of my life. I’m married to Kristin Thompson, my best friend and my favorite running and workout partner. Our 9 year-old daughter Emi keeps us busy and is currently pursuing her dream job of being a tour bus driver. I work as a flight nurse on an air medical helicopter based at the Modesto Airport.

Athletic Background

For the past 8 years I’ve had the opportunity to coach Athletes For Adoption, a running and obstacle course race team. This team would not be successful without encouraging and enthusiastic people dedicated to racing for orphans! They inspire me and they truly make the team so fun to be a part of! Favorite events: Spartan races, running events, road cycling & mountain biking.
I am sponsored by Hammer Nutrition, a company providing education and fueling for endurance athletes.
Get Fit is where I work out and I am proud to have completed Underground Bootcamp, Boot Camp Lite x2 and a full RBBC. After eating clean by following the RBBC meal plan I shaved almost 10 minutes off my half marathon PR. Rock Body Boot Camp has forever changed the way I think about food.

Fitness Related Passions

1. Coaching the Athletes For Adoption team and raising money to support adoption.
2. Providing education and coaching regarding hydration & fueling during long distance endurance events.
3. Participating in obstacle course racing and endurance events.

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Athletes For Adoption Biotemp-post-image

Athletes For Adoption is a fundraising team for God’s Grace Adoption Ministry, Inc (GGAM) located in Modesto, CA. God’s Grace Adoption Ministry was established in 1998 as a non-profit organization dedicated to helping place orphaned children of the world into forever families. GGAM seeks to help Christian families overcome the financial burden of adopting children. GGAM believes that the placement of children into Christian homes ministers to their physical needs, but more importantly, influences their lives eternally for the Kingdom of God. Since the team’s first year in 2008, approximately 150 team members have completed half marathons, marathons, cycling events and obstacle course races. Team members have a goal of raising $1,000 by asking others to sponsor them as they train for their event.

2015 Obstacle Course Race Team

There is still opportunity to join the 2015 team and participate in the Tahoe Spartan Beast or the Sacramento Spartan Sprint and race for free! Team members who achieve their fundraising goal of $1,000 will receive a refund up to $150 to cover the cost of their race.

Why join the team?

As a team we Train together, Compete together and Fundraise together. Team members become advocates for orphans throughout the world. Every time AFA team members train or race together we are letting people know that we care about and want to make a difference in the lives of orphans. There is something special about being part of a team that is running a race for the benefit of others. Athletes For Adoption team members race for those who cannot! There is a great sense of camaraderie in completing a difficult event with a group of people with a common goal. Training and fundraising guidelines are given to help each person achieve their goals. Anyone interested in joining the team can email lthompson@ggam.org or visit www.athletesforadoption.org www.facebook.com/runforadoption .

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