FACE YOUR FEARS: Russell Brown tackles one of the obstacle courses at this year’s Battle of Bagdad.
FACE YOUR FEARS: Russell Brown tackles one of the obstacle courses at this year’s Battle of Bagdad.

Face your fears at weekend charity adventure

IT’S THE battleground getting kids out of the house and into the wild, as the Battle of Bagdad returns for its third year this weekend.

Hosted by Leslie Dam’s YMCA Camp, Warwick Warrior Woodcutters and Warwick Pentathrun, the ‘Tough Mudder’ style event is a 1.5km obstacle course around the camp, with three courses planned from family friendly to elite athletes.

Organiser Johno Felton said over the years, he had seen how the event taught youth to jump hurdles, both literally and metaphorically.

“It makes them resilient, because sometimes, in life, you will have a tough day,” he said.

“I love getting to see that change in them, to see the little ones overcome their fears.”

Named after the Iraq invasion, the day was also a chance to shine to highlight veterans, especially younger ones like ex-commando Russell Brown.

“It’s their turn to step up and in return, we give them the spotlight,” Mr Felton said.

Mr Brown said that when many thought of veterans, they thought of those from Vietnam, and that’s was why it was important to encourage younger veterans to get out into the forefront.

“The shoes are difficult to fit and [being in the spotlight is] against everything we’re taught about humility,” he said.

“But we have to get out and get involved in the community.”

Registration will open at the Leslie Dam YMCA Camp on Sunday at 7.30am.

Entry for adults costs $20 and for children it costs $5.

All proceeds will be going to the Warwick Warrior Woodcutters and their drought relief efforts.

For more information, contact Matt on 0448 001 697 or Johno on 0467 612 342.