Friday’s Mashup: Rob Gronkowski returns to football field to help launch Stadium Blitz obstacle course race series

Lucy Burdge
August 23, 2019 - 5:49 am

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-- Rob Gronkowski returned to the football field recently but it wasn’t to play in the NFL. 

The retired tight end and his Gronk Nation announced the launch of Stadium Blitz on Thursday, which is an obstacle course race inspired by NFL training drills.

“Our family breathes the camaraderie of team sports and Stadium Blitz is the perfect way for us to stay involved in fitness and inspire others to compete in a way to have fun and test every limit,” Gronkowski’s brother Dan said. “For the first time, families can spend an evening competing and cheering along with their kids and friends — everyone gets the feeling of accomplishment.”

The course's challenges include bear crawling up stadium steps, leaping over hurdle walls, navigating agility nets climbing up a 20-foot net, swinging from rings and throwing a football through targets.

There are three levels of obstacles: race, hustle and blitz. The levels all test fitness, strength and agility. Participants are awarded 2,000 points for crossing the finish line in under 40 minutes, while every second under 40 minutes earns extra points.

-- UConn and Boston College are set to renew their regional rivalry on the football field, after the two schools announced on Wednesday they will play a home-and-home series in 2022 and 2023.

The first game will take place on Oct. 29, 2022, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The second will be played on Oct. 28, 2023, at Chestnut Hill.

UConn and BC have played 14 times since 1908 and Boston College has never lost to UConn, going 12-0-2. Their last meeting was at Fenway Park in 2017. 

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