Category Archives: Uncategorized

Towers Rush- FREE LEAD IN ACTIVITY! Hike with Captain Active

Towers Rush is in its 3rd year and the successful treasure hunt meets and come and try program has evolved to be a great way for people to get a fresh new look at activities available in the Towers, as well as exploring silly games and challenges which make adults feel like kids again or the kids participating to enjoy screen free fun!

The main towers rush event has been preceded by several free activities over the last couple of months including a Towers Ninja course which saw massive participation with the help of Towers own Rory Rhodes & a series of Primary School visits where captain active taught kids how to make their own obstacle courses at school visits as a way of keeping activity fun and engaging.

Next up in the Free lead up events is the Captain Active FAMILY HIKE ! – Saturday October 14  at Weir Water Park 0830am till 1030am where people are encouraged to Bring water, enclosed walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, sunsmart clothing and a sense of adventure. (parents are welcome and encouraged to be a part of the day) Event schedule is here


Captain Active is excited to see the families coming out to hike around the Weir together and urges kids to make sure they bring their parents out for some fresh air and fun.

“Having the Burdekin river is such an asset to the Town and nature gets a lot of life from that river, we can get a lot of energy by seeing the moving water, the wildlife and the rocks and connecting with nature and get away from vehicles and screens and just enjoy the moment” says Joel Savage of Adventurethon.


After the free lead in activities the main towers rush event will be the focus with the town expecting to host an additional 20 challenges to last years and a new mix of cryptic clues, activities and of course some of the favourites.

“Abseiling was a big hit last year and will be back again, as well as the addition of some kayaking, lifesaving and a few more top-secret ones which can’t be told till 10 mins before the event starts.” Says Luke Wilson of Sporting Advantage

The Charters Towers regional council is a proud partner to the Towers Rush event again in 2017

Towers Rush Main Event Day

  • Date:29th October 2017
  • Free Breakfast: 07:30am – 08:20am
  • Briefing:08:30am
  • Start: 09:00am
  • Finish time: 1:00pm Then Band & Free Activities to keep the fun going whilst scores are being tallied (thanks to Charters Towers Regional Council)
  • Presentations: 2:00pm


Important tips for towers rush main event in October

  • Approx 10 or so minutes before the Towers Rush event starts we will give you a clue sheet
  • A few minutes later you will get a map which will have some street names removed (well nearly all)
  • Each checkpoint will be marked on the map and will correspond to the clue sheet
  • All of the checkpoints you find and challenges you complete need to be done by the need of your time limit (you will have 4 Hours)
  • you will write these onto your sheets and you need to get back to the showgrounds in time for this…if you are even 10 seconds late you will lose points, if you are a few minutes late you will lose heaps of points  so keep a keen eye on the watch and enjoy the adrenaline that brings

Towers Rush 2017 introduced TOWERS NINJA August 26th as FREE lead in event!

The Team at Towers Rush have teams up with Rorey Rhodes Personal Training to Bring a Fun New Challenge lead in event to get people having a blast and active in the lead up to Towers Rush.

Towers Ninja – August 26th at 9am – Richmond Hill School

Cost FREE!

Rorey and the Rush team have set up an obstacle course over one of the amazing playgrounds at Richmond Hill School

get ready to hang , swing, slide, climb and enjoy the course…

the rules will be explained on the morning and a demonstration and example round shown by Rorey we can tell you that once you start the course you must keep your feet away from the sand below2017-06-24-11-30-53.

A number of free Towers Rush team entries will be given out as prizes for the day

we set up a challenge between Rorey and Joel head to head from one part of the course to the middle however they wanted to get there…see who came out on top

The Free lead in events for Towers Rush are as follows

  • Towers NinjaAugust 26 – Can you complete the course? –  Richmond Hill School
  • (time 9:00am) Meet the Towers very own Australian NINJA Warrior entrant Rorey Rhodes and get some Ninja tips
  • Healthy Active School Ninjas – Primary school tour to get students active – September 13 Visits for all the schools during school hours
  • Captain Active FAMILY HIKE !October 14  (CT Weir) to suit all levels of fitness, explore the edge of the river and the awesome natural resource on offer.


Results Are Here !

It was Great to see so many people enjoying the treasure hunt and challenges with Team Numbers up on last years awesome event! All about active community participation and highlighting some of the great things that are available in charters towers

The involvement of more local clubs and businesses was a welcome edition in the 2nd year which was awesome !

Variation of activities was the key as we wanted people to be able to find things to keep them interested after the event was finished.

Hopefully the participants got a taste of a few things which they would like to do more of into the beginning of the sports  season in 2017.

The mix of young and old being involved was great, we loved watching the adults inspire the kids and visa versa

The addition of the free Sanitarium breakfast was really great too

2hr and 4hr Results 2016


Different challenges appeal to different people so it’s really hard to pick favourites

we spent a lot of time helping some scared kids down the abseil station which was great, the fear factor is so hard to overcome but the feeling when you get through it is great.

  • Abseil off the tanks ( a few councilors joined us on this too)
  • Scouts went to a lot of effort with a dunk tank to dunk your team mates,  a flint based fire building challenge and a challenge to set up a tent
  • SES held a rocket building challenge, knot tying skill and filling up sandbags mixing fun with practical skills
  • The radio controlled car club had a racetrack challenge
  • The Pool had a number of challenges- kayak, underwater code breaker challenge, and finding a special power ball in a sea of ping pong balls as well as a wet clothes relay where people need to swap some big shirts over a short swim between team members
  • African dance & Zumba dance were a hit helping to get rhythm
  • Pony rides were a kit with the kids
  • The Miners Cottage was a great source of clues with hundreds of old ornaments to choose from and heaps of history on show as well as panning for gold nuggets as one of the challenges
  • AFL and Rugby clubs were involved with some skills challenges in the park
  • Triceps Gym put together a great blindfolded challenge in the gym
  • The Big 4 caravan park showed off its maze and bouncy pillows
  • The information centre rewarded the patient with a domino’s stacking challenge and coits games
  • Thai chi was a great way to relax and de-stress in the middle of the challenge
  • Participants also filmed their own movie scene out at Tors drive in to celebrate its 50 year anniversary
  • The Golf club played host to dizzy putting (participants have to spin around 10 x before making a putt)


We thank all of you for being a part of this event and hope we have inspired you to get out and do more things active and out of your comfort Zone.

Keep an eye on the Towers Rush Facebook Page for photos and a video to be released soon.

please upload any of your pics and vids to our page also.

Challenges … What can I expect?

The challenges are secret however here are a few things we have done in the past so you know we will be pumping out some of these again as well as taking some of the ideas and substituting for others.

There are hours worth of challenges so it is unlikely you will be able to do them all, however challenges do give great points so its well worth doing them. We have shown you only a sample of what we have but as you can see there are plenty of great fun things to try.

some challenges are for only 1 person to complete and others need 2 or even all team members.

elephants trunk game from towers rush Elephants trunk- knock over bottles

BAl1BkHfdl_rsvCfBzwjHRcqScZuGcqSCgBge2epNi0,27zhJlidCcJwBfQOp3Gp_BNwFhHVZ4jPo4U-qfhJgDc Egg Challenges

2SGEbrkZlBc-bS13a2pLX2_0ifl0_9MVqBueLWLXjGs,djHUQov8E8WLLYqYGp50ZYCSRK-xhRGfljCreBdCB9s6pwy4_kPMkang39oFSey7HT5SI7Jy3l1S5m6DYnZH4k,Dl6MrEV1UFEW0ytdP8FoNcJUI5CZl1xNfbuyUi2vFRA messy challenges

10393950_344467805724889_6994889640847310422_nBlind fold obstacles course

10437458_345220282316308_148964300727218763_n Sports style goal shooting challenges

10351074_344971082341228_1182805351030261494_n Abseil 541554_345221338982869_2062653892167359911_n

10704131_345220618982941_7348200532357296698_n Vinegar Rockets 10462877_345220648982938_4625771186957319945_n

10387603_345756945595975_3584355410508333413_n Dance Challenge

Ping Pong games- Plenty of options with these little guys

Sanitarium Offers FREE BREAKFAST

Thanks to the Efforts of Lisa and the Team at Charters Towers Regional Council, the Good Folk at Sanitarium will be offering a FREE BREAKFAST at the showgrounds before Towers Rush this Sunday 30th October.


Date: Sunday 30th October

Time : 07:30am – 08:25am

Remember Briefing starts at 08:30am and the event starts at 09:00am

We are so excited to be showcasing the best of Charters Towers into one big Adrenaline charged day!


10 ways to be motivated to exercise

If I’m being brutally honest, I can say that I’m struggling for motivation to train at the moment.  I’m still doing a few sessions a week, but the creative excuses are starting to flow thick and fast.  Before this situation spirals out of control, I’m going back to the drawing board to work out how I’m going to pull myself out of this form slump.  Here are 10 ways that I reckon will get anyone craving regular exercise:

1.  Set short term goals

What do you want to achieve over the next few weeks and months?  Maybe aiming to do 4 sessions per week, be able to run 5kms without stopping, losing 500 grams.  Go for a blend of challenging and achievable, then write them down!

2.  Set long term goals

Same idea as the short term goals, but obviously looking over the next 6-12 months or even the next few years.  Scaling a particular mountain, walking the Kokoda Trail, doing a half ironman, fitting into size 10 jeans, hitting a 300m drive down the middle of the fairway.  Write them down.

3.  Train for an event

It might be a 5km run, a marathon, corporate team event, triathlon, rowing regatta or regular sporting fixtures.  There are lots of opportunities out there, so find something that tickles your fancy.  A friend is training to do her first marathon at the moment and is going to Paris to do it!

4.  Make it fun

Fun is the key to absolutely everything in life.  If you enjoy the exercise and training you’re doing, you’re going to do everything to be there.  Look at exercise as an opportunity to have fun – it’s not a chore!  John Lennon said all you need is love, well, I reckon all you need is fun!

5.  Make it social

Incorporate your training or exercise with other people.  Play a team sport, train with a group for an individual sport, attend group fitness classes or organise a group of friends, family or work mates to go for a walk together.  Real social interaction beats social media hands down!

6.  Set out a plan

Use your short and long term goals, then work out what you need to do each week and month to achieve these.  Create a map and step it out bit by bit.  Make sure you are challenging yourself, and celebrating when you achieve your goals!

7.  Be accountable

Personal trainers are fantastic for this.  At your weekly, fortnightly or monthly catch ups, you know you’ll need to show them what training you’ve been doing and they’ll be able to see through you if you go for the cover up.  Having said this though, if you’ve taken short cuts or cheated somewhere, the most important person, the one in the mirror, will know.

8.  Commit

If you are meeting someone, somewhere at a specific time, or playing a team sport, no matter what, you simply have to be there.  I know I’ll struggle to pull myself out of bed in the morning to train by myself, but if I’ve committed to a friend or group, then there is no ignoring the alarm option.

9.  Create a support network

Yeah, this sounds a little airy fairy lovey dovey, but if you can talk, text, email and interact with other people in a similar situation as yourself, it can be just the ticket to keep you going when it all seems too much.  There’s over 7 billion people on this planet, so you’re not alone!

10.  Make it fun

Oops, I’ve already said this one, but it is so ridiculously important, that I’m saying it again.  Life certainly isn’t long enough for us not to have fun, so in the words of Wayne Bennett, don’t die with the music in you!

Now go forth and train the house down!

Get Active Bottom Shuffling!!