SUU student aims to raise awareness, funds via ‘Kick Life in the Peach’ obstacle course

Stock image of SUU students on campus. SUU student Kimmy Jenkins is organizing a "Kick Life in the Peach" obstacle course fundraiser scheduled for April 10, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — We all know someone who is struggling with either a mental health issue or some kind of physical disability. Whether it’s depression, anxiety, eating disorders, dyslexia, arthritis or visual impairment, it is possible to overcome such ailments and live a happy life.  

To help raise awareness of these issues and support those who may be struggling, Southern Utah University student Kimmy Jenkins is organizing an obstacle course fundraiser for her bachelor’s degree capstone project. Her goal is to raise at least $1,000, to be donated to the SUU Disability Support Office and the Discovery Ranch for Girls.

The event, called “Kick Life in the Peach,” is scheduled for Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the SUU campus, in between between the Sharwan Smith Student Center, the Dixie Leavitt Business building and the Technology and Engineering building (see location on map below).

“As participants interact with each obstacle they will find themselves succeeding in overcoming them as well as experiencing a little bit of what it’s like to have such disability,” Jenkins explained in a news release announcing the event. “Some of the elements are set up similar to a Spartan Race where participants will have to hop, crawl, climb, push and pull weights, tires, and traverse across planks. It’ll be tons of fun as participants work together, learn something new, and overcome obstacles.”

Campus map with red dot showing location of “Kick Life in the Peach” obstacle course fundraiser scheduled for April 10, 2019 Click image to enlarge | Image courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News / Cedar City News

Jenkins said the course will feature approximately 15-20 mentally and physically challenging obstacles, ranging from easy to moderate in difficulty. The estimated completion time for the course is approximately 30-60 minutes, depending on individual or group participation and ability and skill, she said.

Jenkins got the idea after participating in a challenging Spartan Race when she was 19, saying the joy and sense of accomplishment inspired her to coordinate her own similar event.

Jenkins said the event is focused on bringing awareness to students and community members, and information about mental health issues and physical disabilities will be shared at the event.

“However, this course isn’t just educational but also about having fun,” Jenkins said. “It’ll be tons of fun as participants work together, learn something new and overcome obstacles.”

Promotional poster for “Kick Life in the Peach” obstacle course fundraiser scheduled for April 10, 2019. | Image courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News / Cedar City News | Click image to enlarge

Jenkins says she hopes the obstacle course fundraiser will become a repeating event at SUU and could also be implemented at other universities.

Registration is $12 for SUU students and $14 for other members of the community. Participants must be 18 or older and sign a waiver. Identification will be required. Each participant will receive a T-shirt and a bag of promotional items donated by local sponsors. For registration information, click here. Those not participating who want to donate to the cause may also do so using the same form on the website.

Event details

  • What: “Kick Life in the Peach” obstacle course fundraiser, organized by SUU student Kimmy Jenkins.
  • When: Wednesday, April 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Southern Utah University campus, 351 W. University Boulevard, Cedar City (click here for map).
  • Registration: Early registration starts Monday near the Sharwan Smith Student Center, or show up the day of the race at the same location. For registration information, click here.
  • Additional information: Contact Kimmy Jenkins at 213-235-8342 or via email at [email protected]

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