Obstacle Course Racing … with a Christian Theme
by Sharon Holeman
Each year as we welcome autumn with its football games and school classes, i am reminded of the words of King solomon from ecclesiastes 3:1: “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”
Maybe it’s the hope of a cool evening breeze, but there just seems to be something in the air that breathes of an opportunity for growth or motivation to conquer something new, a chance to become all that the Lord expects, to BATTLE for more. It’s hard not to be motivated after you talk with Krystle Morris. She and her husband Sid birthed BATTLE 6:11, a group that organizes obstacle course races (OCR) in the South. Battle is the acronym for Become All That The Lord Expects and 6:11 comes from Ephesians: “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” As small business owners and parents themselves, the Morrises understand that sometimes we can get lost in the day-to-day struggles of our lives. That is part of the beauty and the benefit of obstacle course racing. Not only will you move toward a healthier lifestyle, but you find encouragement in the accomplishment of tackling a new obstacle, and you find friendships in a safe place that challenges you to be more than you dreamed.
Each obstacle in the Battle race is given a name, usually by Krystle. She said the names are part of the Lord’s revealing His character. The sand-filled bucket carry is called Breaking Barriers, for example, as God is able to break all the barriers in our lives.
The Morrises partner with local gyms and host joint workouts, encouraging Battle racers to find a home gym, knowing there is value in the everyday workout as well as the event races. The Battle group also hosts a free OCR training workout on Saturdays at various locations throughout Baton Rouge. The free Saturday trainings are a ministry, open to everyone regardless of skill, age or religion. It is a judgmentfree zone, filled with encouragement and physical workouts led by Krystle and Sid, who are both certified coaches. Prayer completes each Saturday morning session.
To share in the benefits of Battle 6:11, learn more about their free trainings or their upcoming Battle Race Championship being on September 9 at BREC Farr Park in Baton Rouge, visit battleraces.com.
And here’s to the battle, to Becoming All That The Lord Expects you to be.
Battle Races Championship & Business Expo
Saturday, September 9 • 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
BREC’S Farr Park, Baton Rouge
More than 3 miles of 30-plus obstacles and challenges. And bring your kids so they can compete in the battle Kids Course!
To register contact Krystle Morris: (225) 262-9908 firstname.lastname@example.org