Stone Harbor will be hosting a unique athletic competition ahead of July 4th to raise money to support US Military men and women returning from overseas conflicts along with helping the families of fallen soldiers.

The Stone Harbor Sandbag Challenge to raise money benefiting the 31 Heroes Organization will be on Saturday, July 1st with all participants reporting to the 82nd Street Recreation field by 8 am. 31 Heroes was started to honor the 30 American Military Service Members and One Military K-9 who were killed in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011; Since their first event in 2011, there has been over $2 Million raised to help support the families of the fallen soldiers along with help fund the treatment of returning military service members suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

This event will start at the Recreation Field with participants going through three different physical challenge stations before they have to carry the sandbag on the beach crossing a total of 31 street blocks before returning to the recreation field to finish up the challenge with one more physical challenge. The first set of challenges requires participants to complete 10 Push-Ups, 10 Situps, and 11 Squats at three different stations before proceeding to the Sandbag Run on the beach. Then the final physical obstacle will be to complete 31 Burpees after carrying the sandbag up and down the Stone Harbor Beach.

For parents with kids aged 10 years or younger, your children can participate in a Kids Run with an obstacle course at the 82nd Street Recreation Field. After adults and kids finish their participation in the physical challenges, there will be an afterparty featuring vendors, food, non-alcoholic drinks, and music until 1 PM.

For more information about registering for the Stone Harbor Sandbag Challenge as an individual or creating a team to participate in the event, click here to register and for more information about 31 Heroes Organization, you can visit their website.

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