But this year, some smack talk is adding to the atmosphere.
Cedar Rapids radio personality Scott Schulte formed a team with the two past Survivor participants from Cedar Rapids, Denise Stapley (who won the show in 2012), and 2014 participant Sarah Lacina.
But in June, Scott opened up a letter on the air from Steve Davis, president of the Iowa HEAT Tri Club, announcing that the HEAT were putting together an all-star team, including some past Camp Courageous winners, to challenge Scott and the Survivors. On the line is a promise to purchase $250 in items from the Camp Courageous Wish List.
Never one to run from a challenge, Scott took up the gauntlet on behalf of his team, acknowledging with just a hint of desperation that it just might be Denise and Sarah who would have bear the brunt of the work. Denise that may be so, as long as she can “overcome my irrational fear of sharks in Central Park Lake.”
Asked if he would like to say anything to his competitors, Iowa HEAT team leader Tom Rutkowski said “Oh, I don’t know that we need to trash talk; we’re happy to beat anybody for a good cause!”
Undaunted, the ever-fearless morning DJ proclaims, “If the Iowa HEAT think their best three can tack down the three of us… then they are two thirds sadly mistaken.”
But don’t count out a third team of ringers, Midwest XTreme Tri Club president Rosie Jones, her husband Blake, and Cedar Rapids mayor Ron Corbett will also complete.
Who will win the contest of bragging rights? You’ll have to go to Central Park in Jones County this Sunday to find out. But one thing is for sure, the real winners are the hundreds of individuals of all ages served by the staff and volunteers of Camp Courageous.
It’s not too late to register for the race. Do so at www.campcourageous.org.