The RockMan Challenge is 100% volunteer run and 100% of the proceeds go to charity. Bethesda Lutheran Communities is our primary recipient.
A portion of the proceeds are to benefit Bethesda Lutheran Communities to further their mission to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
2012 - Donated and planted a prairie on Bethesda grounds - over 500 plants, flowers and bushes. Donated to Watertown High School forensics program.
2013 - Donated and planted 1,000 trees on Bethesda property and around the city of Watertown. Donated to youth baseball teams and Watertown Gifts for Kids, a local program that provides Christmas gifts for kids in need.
2014 - Built and donated 24 bunk beds and 28 single beds to Bethesda’s Camp Matz, a fully accessible camp where people with disabilities are paired with youth volunteers.
PADDLE Start the race with a paddle on the Rock river beginning at Christ United Methodist Church. This first three mile leg will take you through Watertown VIA water. Make sure you check out the three large city parks and businesses along the paddle. Make sure you read the river properly. Go too far out of the channel and you will add significant distance and time to your race. Cut a corner too sharp, you may have to push pole. Just above the dam, exit the water river left and carry your gear 75 yards.
Re-enter the water below the dam and paddle to the boat launch next to Bethesda Lutheran Communities, about a mile. Did you notice the historic bridges? How about the geese?
Alternate route will be considered for low water levels.
BIKE RIDE This is a challenging but reasonable 15.5 mile route. Some hills and some flats, sure to please every level rider. You may notice how quickly you get into the country, another small town treat. The rolling glacial terrain of Jefferson county offers remarkable views on this route. Was that the same goose flying overhead? Helmets are mandatory.
RUN Now begin your 3 mile trail run. Certainly not as hilly as the bike ride but equally as challenging. Take notice of the grounds...you are helping support Bethesda right now! The wooded portion, Camp Matz, is full of chances to observe deer, squirrels or other wildlife. Get to the edge of the woods and look for the ducks, cranes and other nesting birds. Was that the same goose over your head?
OBSTACLE COURSE A short run with a twist. It is only a quarter mile but it contains military style obstacle course complete with Drill Sergeants. Lastly, grab your RockMan Challenge burlap bag, put both feet in, and holding the bag above your knee line, get to the finish line, 50 yards away. Congratulations, you just completed the RockMan Challenge! Now go get some chicken and a beverage... you deserve it.
Paddle, Bike, Run and Obstacle Course on your own.
A team of two individuals must paddle in the same boat.The biking, running and obstacle course are all completed by both individuals & timed individually. The complete times for both individuals is then added for the tandem time. If one member fails to finish, the tandem is disqualified.
Can be all men, all women or a mixed team of two to four people. Each participant must individually complete at least one leg of the race.
Is a team of two to four people who are all related. Each member of the team must complete at least one leg of the race. Ages 12 and over are welcome.
Are you up for the Challenge?
RockMan Challenge caters to all athlete levels. What type of competitor will you be for the the RockMan Challenge?