5K and Family Fitness Festival


Dave Beach, shown suited up for the Florida Tech Challenge Course, is ready to challenge obstacle course competitors Jan. 9 with a specially designed traveling course to be unveiled at the event.They don’t call it a Challenge Course for nothing.

The Florida Institute of Technology personal growth attraction brings executives and entrepreneurial celebrities from across Brevard and all over the world to test their mettle, enhance leadership skills and strengthen their team culture. It has been known to make grown men cry and women tremble before course director Dave Beach walks them through their fears to victory over inner self-doubts.

“We don’t do sissy trust falls,” Beach said. “This will really challenge you, but you will be glad when you are done, and we will get you through it.”

For the first time ever, Beach will construct and bring a sample Florida Tech Challenge Course off site, to the Family Fitness Festival of Suntree from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, after the 8 a.m. Color Me Healthy 5K Run/Walk on the Viera Medical Mile. The run starts and ends on the festival grounds at Jack Mahon Park, 7550 Spyglass Hill Road.

“It’s not going to be 20 feet in the air, and we can’t dig pits in the ground at this beautiful park, but it will give you a sense of what we do and provide enough of a challenge to inspire you to beat your personal best, enjoy the glory of overcoming a personal challenge, gain greater self-confidence and discover the motivation to continue to excel.”

Participants overcome challenges at the Florida Tech Challenge Course.

The attraction is for adult-sized bodies and ages 12 and up, designed for youth to adults, including seniors. Festival attendees age 11 and under will get an obstacle course all their own, provided by the Suntree YMCA.

“The kids love it. They have so much fun,” said Suntree Y manager Joe Rowlette, who has designed the colorful course at other events.

“We usually run them through it once, and then we run them through it again. Of course, when they go through a second time they are more familiar and they beat their original time, and then we give them a prize for achieving a personal best. This teaches them that the point of a competition is not just to be the best among competitors, but to be the best you can be, your own personal best.”

For a full list of attractions, including live music and a healthy selection of breakfast and lunch items available for purchase, or to register for the 5K, all to benefit the new Bluewater Foundation and support families who take in, foster or adopt children, go to VieraMD.com