Layne’s Challenge is April 23! This coming Saturday everyone gets to enjoy watching people stuff themselves with Laynes while competing in a triathlon to raise money for the Brazos Valley Food Bank.
We recently talked with Micheal Bass, the Layne’s Challenge Director. He called the race a “triathlon with a twist” and we have to agree. Mr. Bass is a graduate student here at Texas A&M and came up with the Layne’s Challenge idea with a few of his friends while pursuing their undergrad. He did the challenge with 8 of his friends the first few years it ran, worked out some kinks, and made it the fantastic event it is now! Layne’s Challenge is recognized as a Texas A&M student organization, so any students interested can get involved by going to the Layne’s Challenge website.
If you’re sitting there, reading this, wondering how in the world you can get in the mindset to go out and win the race, Mr. Bass has some tips from his own experience. He says he still gets cold feet when waiting at the starting line and even asks himself, “Man, was this a good idea?”. Don’t worry, he has assured us that it definitely is! Mr.Bass said the first leg of the race isn’t too bad and the biking is “pretty chill”. The mentality after that second box of Layne’s, “is a bit of prayer [and] a bit of ‘just somebody help me get through this and finish this Layne’s'”. Pretty doable right?
Each division winner gets a week of free Layne’s; second place gets a week of free sandwiches; and all participants get a shirt. Also this year, Layne’s Challenge contestant receive 10% off their registration for Messina Hof’s Wine and Roses Festival. Bring your Layne’s Challenge bib to the Wine and Roses Festival to get a free tasting glass! Lets be real, college students will do anything for a free shirt (or ANY FREE stuff) so we know the Layne’s Challenge won’t be lacking in participants! Plus, wearing the shirt gets you a free drink at Layne’s if you purchase a meal until the next year’s race.
Layne’s Challenge will start on campus at 10:00 am, finish at Kyle field, and hit up both Layne’s locations. Anyone over 18 can participate in the race as an individual or as a team.
Mr. Bass has asked, “are you up to the challenge?”
It’s not too late to participate! Sign-ups last all the way up until the day of the race. Go to Layne’s Challenge for more information on the race and how to join. Help BTHO hunger and raise money for the Brazos Valley Food Bank!