Inaugural Elite Obstacle Competition Event Takes Place Aug.
4 & 5 in Castle Rock, CO
SUPERIOR, CO, July 16, 2012 â Sponsors are jumping on board to lend financial, marketing, web design and moral support to Thunder Challenge http://thunderchallenge.us/, an ongoing series of physical and mental endurance competitions created, led and produced by Navy SEALs and US Special Forces military.
The series launching Aug. 4 and 5 in Castle Rock, CO, expects to draw some 1,000 competitors before moving to Pittsburgh Oct. 6 and 7 and to Southern California (location TBA) Dec. 8 and 9. A 2013 schedule will be announced shortly.
Helping promote and orchestrate the Colorado event are Rocky Mountain Ford along with OtterBox, Voltage and Spyder, three Colorado companies that support the Thunder Challenge vision of having fun on the obstacle course to benefit Project Sanctuary, a non-profit organization serving veterans and their families who are trying to reconnect and reintegrate into their communities. Future plans also call for the hiring wounded warriors into key positions as Thunder Challenge expands.
OtterBox http://www.otterbox.com/ is a leader in the production of premier protective solutions for global handheld manufacturers, wireless carriers and distributors. Incorporating creativity and cutting-edge design into every product, OtterBox creates sleek and durable cases that offer reliable device protection. OtterBox was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Ft. Collins, CO. In 2010 OtterBox established an EMEA headquarters in Ireland and an APAC headquarters in Hong Kong. For information, visit www.OtterBox.com.
Rocky Mountain Ford http://www.thinkfordnow.com/ along with financial and marketing support will be providing race day vehicles and a sponsored âFord Builtâ obstacle. A Ford racing team will also be assembled from area dealerships to compete against other corporate teams during the two- day Colorado event.
Voltage http://www.voltage.com/ has years of experience developing award-winning graphic design, websites and online marketing campaigns for local and national clients, some of which include Disney, Vail, The World Alpine Ski Championships, INTEL, New Beauty and LUXE Magazines, Smashburger, the CU Foundation, Cloud 9 Living, and COVIDIEN. This company was ranked number two in the Boulder County Business Report's Mercury 100 list of fastest-growing private companies based in Boulder and Broomfield CO.
âThe Thunder Challenge gang came to us wanting a website redesign as well as some help with the event's branding,â explains Laura Steele, director of business development. âWe were more than happy to oblige, partially because we think it's a really cool idea but also because we were scared of what they would do to us if we said no. In all seriousness though, we're very excited at the opportunity to work with the Thunder Challenge to help the event grow and evolve.â
Spyder Active Sports, Inc. http://www.spyder.com/ is the world's leading skiwear and mountain-based apparel brand, renowned for integrating high-tech fabrics, fashion and functionality. Launched in 1978 with the development of revolutionary padded slalom race sweaters, the iconic brand continues to develop progressive apparel season after season. The apparel is rigorously tested by top athletes across the world including the US and Canadian Alpine Ski Teams plus big mountain, free ski, and park and pipe professional skiers. Based in Boulder, CO, Spyder products are distributed in over 50 countries worldwide.
âMuch like the current hit movie Act of Valor which was the first feature-length Hollywood production where all the principals were active-duty SEALs, we have created the first endurance event solely planned, produced and manned by Navy SEALs and US Special Forces,â explains Rusty Schellman, CEO and co-founder of the new endurance series.
This race series under the auspices of Thunder Productions, a company out of Superior, CO, is generous in opportunities for athletes to test their mettle while at the same time it is dedicated to Navy SEALs and U.S. Special Forces soldiers (including from the legendary SEAL Team that conducted the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound) produce and monitor the events. After a day of competing on one of the most physically and emotionally demanding courses in the world, adventure athletes have the satisfaction of knowing that they have completed one day of elite military training.
Racers may enter as individuals or as teams of any size. Team building strategies are incorporated into the event. To register, go online to: http://thunderchallenge.us/events-2/.
Thunder Challenge Producers - Thunder Challenge is produced by Thunder Productions founded by Rusty Schellman (CEO), a former US Army Blackhawk combat helicopter pilot who did two tours of Korea and served in Desert Storm & Shield. Four former Navy SEALs are partners: Brett Morganti, Jason Elliott, Dustin Berdahl and Brian Nicholson. Morganti and Nicholson spent eight years as US Navy SEALs with Morganti earning both a Silver Star and Purple Heart for his service. Elliott and Berdahl have 16 years combined SEAL experience.
Rusty Schellman / Thunder Challenge Productions
300 Center Drive, Ste G-176, Superior, CO. 80027
Ph: 303-888-4100 / Email: Rusty.Schellman@thunderchallenge.us
Website: http://thunderchallenge.us/ / Facebook: www.facebook.com/thunderchallenge
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