Girls Scouts offer One Tough Cookie! challenge

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Shelly Birkelo
Thursday, August 15, 2013

JANESVILLE—When Christy Gibbs crossed the finish line after climbing, running and slogging through the inaugural One Tough Cookie! 5K-adventure challenge last year, she felt a sense of accomplishment like none before.

“I'm certainly not the most fit human being or youngest around, and it was a remarkable sense of achievement,” said the director of marketing for the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin—Badgerland Council.

Other females will have the opportunity to participate in One Tough Cookie! created exclusively for women Saturday, Sept. 14.

The course, designed by Operation Iraqi Freedom female veterans in the Madison area, is the first of its kind.

It takes female participants of all athletic sensibilities and fitness abilities over a 3.1-mile trek. The course includes hilly and flat terrain on trails through Oakwood Knoll Girl Scout Camp that pass through woods and farm fields and near a lake, said Jen Davie, race director, who also is director of strategic relationships for the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin--Badgerland Council.

Among the nearly 20 obstacles is an 8-foot vertical wall, a 7-foot angled wall, a tire agility drill and mud pit nearly 3 feet deep.

Two new obstacles are:

-- A cookie pull: Racers will pull red wagons, just as girls do to sell Girl Scout cookies. In addition to being loaded with cookies, the wagons will be loaded with weighted objects from 15 to 20 pounds or between 40 and 50 pounds.

--- Catapult challenge: Racers will make mud pies and catapult them at a target.

One Tough Cookie! is a fundraiser for the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland Council. It's noncompetitive and aimed at helping women build courage, confidence and character while having fun with friends, Gibbs said.

“What we have done with this event is capture and embody the Girls Scout mission that builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place," she said.

“By facing challenges you would not normally put in front of yourself, it makes you feel better about yourself and the people around you who are encouraging you,” she said.

Girls and women 14 and older can sign up in "troops" of friends or individually, she said.

Race intervals start at 9 a.m. and continue through the day, Davie said.

The second-annual event will also feature live music by The Wicked Lily, an area all-girl cover band, and The Dots of Wisconsin, a three-member all-female band. Food and beverages will be available, too.

Proceeds will benefit the local Girl Scout council serving 12,000 girls and 4,000 adults in south central and southwestern Wisconsin.

Last year's first-time event had 908 participants and raised just over $30,000, Davie said.

This year's goal is to increase dollars raised by $10,000 and at least match last year's race numbers, she said.

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