The Kamikaze Kittens: Lee-Ann Lainchbury (back from left)

The Kamikaze Kittens: Lee-Ann Lainchbury (back from left)

Locals complete Woman 2 Warrior Challenge

A group of 11 Williams Lake ladies showed their warrior spirit late May at the Woman 2 Warrior Challenge in Burnaby.

A group of 11 Williams Lake ladies showed their warrior spirit late May at the Woman 2 Warrior Challenge in Burnaby.

The event, hosted at Swanguard Stadium, is a five-kilometre run/obstacle course — a fundraiser for Easter Seals camps in B.C.

So far the group, called the Kamikaze Kittens, has raised upwards of $3,000, with a goal of raising $3,300. In total, more than 400 competitors helped raise more than $150,000.

The idea was spurred on at Shogun Martial Arts Academy, where Sensei Lee-Ann Lainchbury teaches a kick-bo class.

“We’d talked about doing something a little different and we liked the idea of this one and where the fundraising was going,” Lainchbury said, adding the event was a physical test.

“They challenged you in different ways. We started out in an ice bath and you had to get from one end to the other. There were other things like balance tests, climbing, lifting and carrying, crawling under things and climbing over things.”

The Kamikaze Kittens completed the course in about an hour. The fastest time was 45 minutes, while the slowest was 1.75 hours.

“We had a ton of fun,” Lainchbury said. “We did it as a team — waited for everyone. We’ll be going back next year, for sure.”


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