San Diegans challenge their bodies, lives through unique boot camp

Braveheart Boot Camp Challenge is 1st of its kind

SAN DIEGO - A unique boot camp is helping a diverse group of San Diegans push their bodies and minds to the limit.

The Braveheart Boot Camp Challenge is the first of its kind in San Diego. Young adults were asked to write an essay about why they wanted to attend the camp. Seven were selected to receive roughly $5,000 in free gear from sponsors such as Oakley, Sony, On Running, Scott Bikes and Power Bar as well as training from world champion triathlete Lesley Paterson.

"They're from a variety of backgrounds and challenges … financial, social," said Paterson, who said she wanted to give back to the sport and her community.

Theo Tucker, 20, was preparing for a promising college football career when he was stabbed four times in his own home.

"Defending my family, I wound up getting hurt but no one else did," said Tucker.

His career was derailed. He hopes to get back on track at the camp.

Paterson said the participants get world-class training in bike riding, swimming and running. The boot camp will teach them to push their bodies to the edge.

"And life in general," added Paterson. "If we're not pushing those boundaries, we're not truly developing as people."

This is the first Braveheart Boot Camp Challenge. Paterson said she hopes to host one every year in San Diego.

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