SURREY — The Devries brothers have a very personal reason to take part in the first ever Concrete Hero urban challenge in the Lower Mainland. More than one reason, actually.
Matt, 25, and Sidney Devries, 26, are co-owners of High Definition Concrete, a Surrey-based company that provides decorative concrete designs and maintenance.
Plus, the brothers just lost an uncle to cancer. The funeral was held on the weekend. Before that, their grandfather died of prostate cancer a few years ago.
So when they heard about Concrete Heroes, they knew immediately that they would be signing up.
Concrete Heroes is a seven-kilometre race that is part obstacle course, and it's
also a fundraiser for cancer research and awareness at the B.C. Cancer Foundation.
Matt said when he first heard about it on the radio, he thought, "'Concrete, it's what we do.' "It's a good cause." The brothers formed a team - Real Concrete Heroes - that has seven people in total. They have all been training for some time, mostly running, said Sid, because the obstacles aren't so easy to practise. They have names like "Lions Gate Lockdown," "Lost Lagoon" and "The Chief," and require leaping over vehicles, swinging over muddy water and climbing, for example.
"Our goal is to finish," added Matt. Sid said, "We just want to help raise awareness and raise money to help find a cure. Everybody does. It's affected a lot of people's lives."
Each member of the team must raise a minimum of $400 to participate, and they need a bit of help to reach their goal before the Sunday, Sept. 29 event.
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