He's one Tough Mudder
When Renale Rimbert agreed to join a group of his friends and participate in the Tough Mudder competition he had a little added incentive to finish the course from his wife, Jennifer.
Renale Rimbert, an Oberlin resident, helps out with the bingo at St. Joseph School in Amherst every Saturday evening at 6 p.m. When Jennifer Rimbert heard her husband was scheduled to begin Tough Mudder at 1:40 p.m. on Saturday, she didn’t exactly have faith he could do both.
“She told me there was no way I could do both in the same day. It was motivation to prove her wrong,” Renale Rimbert said.
Renale Rimbert agreed to run the course when asked by some friends. The team of 14 was made up of people from around the area who decided to call themselves “Danger, Danger: High Voltage!”
“Just to be clear, I had nothing to do with picking the name,” he said with a laugh.
Over the past three months, Renale Rimbert trained for the Tough Mudder. As a person who is in the gym nearly everyday, he said he was looking for a way to change up his workout, and preparing for the obstacle course gave him that chance.
This was also the first time he’d entered such a competition. While he’d played sports in high school, Renale Rimbert said he never was one who enjoyed running just to run, which is why Tough Mudder interested him.
“I like that there are all the obstacles. I don’t think it’ll be so bad running in between them,” he said.
Of course, that was before he’d actually run the course. Afterward, he changed his tune just a little.
“The running was through a more wooded area than I’d expected,” he said. “I think that’s the part that surprised me the most about the course.”
As a husband and father who works full-time, finding the time to train was also a challenge at times for Renale Rimbert. He is fortunate to work half a mile from a gym which allows him to get his workout in during the day.
“I also coach my son’s baseball team, and running around with them is a pretty good workout, as well,” he said.
Renale Rimbert said his children — Julius, Layla, Gabriella, Aubrey, and Keaton —- were probably more excited about his running in the event than he was.
Though he was probably the most athletic member of his team, Renale Rimbert pledged he would start the course as a team and finish the course as a team. In the end, they did just that, as Danger, Danger: High Voltage! finished the course in four hours.
“We were a little sore, but we finished the whole course. We started as a team, and we finished as a team, which is what we set out to do,” he said.
Oh, and the team finished in time for Renale Rimbert to make it to bingo by 6 p.m.