Written by Allen West on January 26, 2015
I flew back to South Florida for our Second Annual Allen West Foundation High School JROTC PT Challenge on Saturday. A year ago we had just four teams participate. This year we had five different schools and 12 teams — Mariner High from Cape Coral, Plantation, South Plantation, Boca Raton, and Forest Hills – and parents who came out to cheer along their sons and daughters.
The PT Challenge consists of one minute of maximum push-ups and sit-ups, then a three-mile run. Each team is comprised of seven cadets — four male and three female, and there is only one standard. The key thing for the run is that the time for the team is when the last person of the team finishes. In other words, they start and finish as a team.
The graders for the event — for the second year — were the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) SWAT, many of whom are former military.
It was a perfect day for PT — which stands for physical training — a little windy, overcast, and in the low 70s. A cold front blew in later right as the three-mile run was being completed and added to the character of the event.